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Palo Alto police to start informing the public of all hate crimes

Original post made on Oct 22, 2021

With eight reported hate crimes overall in Palo Alto so far this year, two of them violent, police are stepping up their public reporting of these incidents.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 22, 2021, 9:28 AM

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:36 am

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Why are we encouraging more and more attention on this issue? More divisiveness on race and gender and sexuality to divide more people. Most crimes are crimes, not hate crimes. Many so called 'hate crimes' are just crimes. Many 'hate crimes' are hoaxes. This is just to score political points.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:50 am

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Publically reporting hate crimes - more transparency - is the path out of denial. This is good.

What constitutes a "hate crime" is defined in the state criminal code. It is not a hoax, it is not pretend, and reporting on it does not create it. Ignorance and hate create hate crimes.

Shining a light on it can help by more of us better understanding what is going on, how often it occurs against whom and by whom.

Posted by Chuck
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 22, 2021 at 11:51 am

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Posted by R. Cavendish
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 12:10 pm

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The various police departments around the country have also been known to generate hate crimes of their own...will any questionable actions on the part of the PAPD with suspects of color also be addressed and made fully public?

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm

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I was not able to attend so I thank you for including the link. And for convening the meeting and the discussion. If we keep shining the light on these crimes maybe some will be prevented.

Posted by Banes
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 22, 2021 at 3:03 pm

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Very subjective unless obviously criminal or assault. Comedy of “not-so-yesteryear”created a lot of black comics poking fun at them selves, using the N-word & describing antics of their hood, family customs or unique foods. Ditto for Italians, jews, and every other ethnicity. Not to mention how many men dressed as women for laughs. Richard Prior, Eddie Murphy, Freddy Prinz, Redd Foxx, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, Jimmy Durante, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joan Rivers… name a famous comedian that doesn’t poke fun at some ethic or wannabe cult or community, religion for big bucks & lots of laughs.
“All in the Family”, “The Jeffersons”, Sanford & Son”
Or, if there were questionable or suspicious activity in your neighborhood re possible sex trafficking or pedophilia practices wouldn’t you want it discussed vs swept under the rug until damages surface 20+yrs later (long after statues expire). Defining a “hate crime” certainly needs clear guidelines, or will result in a community similar to “The King is wearing No Clothes” syndrome where crimes are routinely committed and nobody wants to call it out in fear of being charged with a hate crime for bringing any references to odd behaviors.

Posted by Ozymandias
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 3:38 pm

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When a criminal activity is accompanied by statements that imply the reason for the criminal activity is due to some immutable characteristic of the victim then the incident fits the legal definition of a hate crime. It's hard to see that graffiti with hateful statements directed at no specific person would be a hate crime.

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