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File #: 2021-0156    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: In Committee
File created: 4/6/2021 In control: Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: A MOTION signaling the council's intent to establish a hate crimes unit within the criminal investigation division of the department of public safety.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: Criminal Justice, Public Safety
Attachments: 1. 2021-0156_KCSOHateCrimes_SR.docx, 2. ATT2_FACT SHEET- Anti-Asian Hate 2020.pdf
Staff: Bowman, Nick
Drafter
Clerk 03/30/2021
Title
A MOTION signaling the council's intent to establish a hate crimes unit within the criminal investigation division of the department of public safety.
Body
WHEREAS, a person who intentionally threatens or causes injury to persons or physical property because of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or mental, physical, or sensory disability has committed a hate crime offense under RCW 9A.36.080, and
WHEREAS, hate-fueled attacks have spiked across the country over the past year, particularly against those of Asian descent, and
WHEREAS, according to data compiled by California State University's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, there were one hundred twenty-two incidents of anti-Asian American hate crimes in sixteen of the country's most populous cities in 2020, an increase of almost one hundred fifty percent over the previous year, and
WHEREAS, the King County prosecutor's office has reported a troubling rise in hate crimes perpetrated in King County, from thirty cases in 2018 to fifty-nine cases in 2020; and
WHEREAS, it is well established that victims of hate crimes under report incidents of violence to due to social stigmatization and fear of reprisal;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the Council of King County:
A. It is the intent of the council to establish a hate and bias crimes unit within the department of public safety, which is otherwise known as the King County sheriff's office.
B. The council requests the executive fund and the sheriff establish a hate and bias crimes unit within the department of public safety otherwise known as the king county sheriff's office.
C. The hate and bias crimes unit should consist of no less than four deputies and one support staff position who shall employ all necessary resources and vigorous law enforcement action to identify, investigate and arrest hate and bias crime perpetrators.
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