URGE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT
The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (LLEHCPA) would amend the current federal hate crimes statue to more effectively protect the civil rights and safety of all Americans by:
* Expanding the definition of a hate crime to include “violent acts perpetrated because of the race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability of the victim;”
* Providing additional assistance and resources to local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute hate crimes;
* Providing backstop authority to the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute hate crimes when local authorities are either unwilling or unable to do so.
Additionally, the current federal hate crimes law only applies if the victim is attacked because he/she was engaged in a federally protected activity, such as voting or attending a public school. If the crime was committed when the victim was not participating in one of these activities, the federal government is unable to investigate or prosecute the crime. In too many cases, this hinders the pursuit of justice. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would remove this restrictive provision and provide further protection for Americans under federal law.