Lamont Codifies State Police Unit to Investigate Hate Crimes


Gov. Ned Lamont signs the bill (courtesy of CTN)

Connecticut officials cited the racially-motivated murder of 10 people in Buffalo earlier this month as evidence of a rise in hate crimes during a Tuesday ceremony codifying a specialized Hate Crime Investigative Unit within the state police.

Gov. Ned Lamont held a ceremonial bill signing event at the state Emergency Services and Public Protection Department headquarters in Middletown. Although the agency proactively established the unit last year, the bill puts the Hate Crime Investigations Unit in state statute. 

Policymakers hope the unit can among other things sift through internet posts to detect and prevent crimes in which people are targeted based on their race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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