Reporting Hate Crimes and Violent Attacks – FindLaw


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Hate and violence crimes Attacks Against Asian Americans since then Anti-Asian rhetoric has grown about the Coronavirus. If you watch prof Hate crimeFollow these steps to report it – and stay safe in the process.

What do I do if I witness a hate crime?

Legally, you don’t have to do anything unless you are required by law to protect the person (often teachers, coaches, or parents). You can remove yourself from the situation or reach safety. Intervene to stop a A violent hate crime It’s a personal choice, and you may get hurt.

If you stop the hate crime or provide medical care or assistance, chances are you are protected under your state Good Samaritan Law.

The Good Samaritan Code 101

The “Good Samaritan” laws vary by state but generally protect people who:

  • Volunteer with the help of an injured person
  • Intervene during an emergency
  • Acting as collateral for others
  • Offer no help in case of life or death

Under good Samaritan laws, you are exempt from a lawsuit or any personal liability for the assistance you have provided.

The assistance should be in good faith and to the best of your abilities. You are not protected from “interference” to sabotage the situation.

When the police or medical care arrives, it is It is illegal to prevent them from performing their duties Unless prompted to continue what you are doing.

Record hate crimes on your phone

it’s a Legal to register Violent attacks on public streets or in public places. Countries are different Registration laws For private property, however, photographing a crime in a private store or building may be against the law.

Recording an attack may also get your attackers’ attention, so remember that doing so is a personal choice.

Get video footage of hate crimes

Several recent hate crimes have been caught with security cameras by local companies. Some family members shared footage of their loved one’s attack and offered rewards for information. You can request footage of the attack – but it’s up to the company if they comply.

Call the police and share evidence or witness statements

It is a good idea to inform the police of what happened and where the attack occurred. Provide witness testimony if you are able.

If you tell the police you have evidence of a crime, they can legally confiscate your phone and keep it as evidence. However, in most cases, law enforcement prefers to voluntarily email the footage or text them at the scene of an accident. This helps avoid questions about how evidence from the police got to the courts (called the “chain of custody”). But you should know that talking about the recording may mean that your phone has been hacked.

Policies regarding evidence in Citizen’s Phone are left to individual cities or counties, so check your local law if you have questions.

Notify the FBI of the crime

Police generally must file a crime report. The police do not have to take further steps to find the attacker or patrol the community in which the crime occurred.

The FBI is A leading hate crime investigation agency. Under Hate Crime Statistics Act, The Public Prosecutor must collect data about the crime and pass the information on to Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR).

The FBI will conduct investigations, request law enforcement or public support, and decide whether to prosecute the abuser if the domestic legal system does not.

Posting on social media

A wave of hate crime videos spread across social media. This helps spread awareness of the crime and get to know the attacker. It is not illegal to share a crime video, although some privacy issues may apply. Share content that is pro-hate crimes or pro-hate crimes Hate speech is a criminal offense.

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