Gov. Lamont announces formation of Hate Crimes Advisory Council

Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday the formation of the Hate Crimes Advisory Council, which includes police, prosecutors and civil rights groups.

News 12 Staff

Jun 1, 2021, 9:50 PM

Updated 1,086 days ago

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Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday the formation of the Hate Crimes Advisory Council, which includes police, prosecutors and civil rights groups.
Their aim is to root out hate groups before they strike.
Connecticut has not been immune to these kinds of crimes. In recent weeks, a total of eight nooses have been found at an Amazon warehouse under construction in Windsor. Swastikas have also appeared in places like Stamford and Newtown.
"If you don't stand up every day to this kind of hatred, it will continue,” said the governor.
The new council will track potential dangers early, but lawmakers want to go even further. They want to create a whole new division of the state police to investigate hate crimes and extremist groups.
State Police Commissioner James Rovella says he will “devote a sergeant and four troopers" to work with the council. 
“It'll be coordinated with the Field Operations Group, which will encompass also the Major Crimes units, based on the seriousness of the complaints," he says.
Another bill would let state Attorney General William Tong sue over hate crimes.
"We have to put every law enforcement resource possible on protecting people from hate crimes," he says.
Gov. Lamont admitted that he needs the public’s help to help squash these types of acts.
"We can talk about the law. We can talk about criminal behavior. We can talk about enforcing this – but we really need you to stand up as well,” he said.
Each of the groups in the Council plans to pool their resources and tips from the public.


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