FBI Memphis, US Attorney’s Office encourages reporting of hate crimes in Western TN – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The FBI Memphis and the US District Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee are encouraging the public to report hate crimes, the couple said Wednesday.

“Investigating hate crimes is the top priority of the FBI’s civil rights program because of the devastating impact they have on families and communities,” said Douglas M. Korneski, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office. Federal Bureau of Investigation Memphis field.

“The FBI is committed to protecting the civil rights of all and we will aggressively prosecute those who commit bias based criminal offenses.”

The West Tennessee District Attorney’s Office is also encouraging reporting.

“Criminal violations of civil rights are matters of high priority for the Department of Justice and the individuals who commit these crimes will be prosecuted with the full force of the law,” said Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., Acting Prosecutor for the United States. United States.

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Defining a hate crime

The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s prejudice against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender. or a gender identity ”.

How to report

Anyone who has been the victim of a hate crime, or anyone who has witnessed a hate crime, is encouraged to report this information to the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or by submitting a tip online. To advice.fbi.gov. Information may be reported anonymously.

Help us fight hate together in our communities. To learn more about hate crimes, visit https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/hate-crimes and https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.

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