hate crimes

Sanatayanna (1905) said that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. One way to predict the future is by looking at the present and extrapolates it although it doesn’t always work. In todays world, things can happen quickly. There are many different factors that influence criminal activities. It has been stated that recent crime happens between “losers” in society. “Losers” in this case are referring to young males, both unskilled and uneducated.

They may be expected to irect their frustration internally, engaging in one or more of a variety of self- destructive behaviors, or outwardly, in the form of interpersonal violence. Hate crimes have long been a problem in American Society. Hate crime is a crime that will be most prevalent in the 21st century. Hate crimes and hate incidents are major issues for police officers because of their unique impact on victims as well as the community.

A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against any person, property or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by an offender’s bias against ndividuals or group’s race, religion, ethics/national origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. In the early part of the 20th century lynching became a common form of hate crime in America. The brutal arrest of an African American, Rodney King, In the later part of the 20th century brought the matter of hate crimes back to public eye. The murder of a gay, African American named Matthew Shephard in 1998, increased awareness and concern about hate crimes.

Another hate crime that happened in 2006 is the Jena six case. It served to prove that racial tension still exist, as do hate and, thus, hate crimes. Legal definitions of hate crimes vary. The federal hate crimes statistics act of 1990 (public law 102-275 April 23, 1990) encourages states to report hate crimes to the federal bureau of investigation (FBI). Police officers arriving on the scene should act immediately to secure the scene, stabilize victims, ensure safety of victim(s)/ witnesses, preserve crime scene, conduct a preliminary investigation, and arrest perpetrators if probable cause exists.

Police officers also try to understand the motive of the crime. With new van guards, officers often try to raise the perpetrators bail as high as they can to keep the individual in Jail to prevent the crime from happening again by that individual. Writing this paper informed more about hate crimes and what many victims and police officers go through. I understand that many police officers have their work cut out for them when it comes to everyday crime. When it comes to hate crimes, the police officer has to be more sensitive/aware.

They have to get a better nderstanding of the situation and not Jump to conclusions and try to figure out what exactly happened from the victim’s point of view. As far as new technology and punishment goes, police are working to bring the victim to Justice. New technology such as automated lie detectors test brings more accuracy as far as truth to detect punishment in the case. It will never be easy when it comes to hate crime cases but after writing this paper I know that police/FBl agents are handling the situation to the best of their ability. hate crimes By blacour_09

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