Anyone who lives in, works in, or visits Minneapolis can directly report a hate crime over the phone now.
The city says it has a new hotline specifically for hate crimes – that would be any harassing behavior motivated by some sort of prejudice (religious, racial, sexual orientation, gender, etc.)
If you’re in city limits, just dial 311. If you’re somewhere else in the state, you can call 612-673-3000. (Of course, if you or someone else or property is in immediate danger, call 911 – it’s not an emergency line.) The city also has a printable poster to spread the message.
Hate crimes have reportedly been up
The FBI, in its most recent yearly report, found hate crimes rose from 2014 to 2015 (but it was actually down a bit from 2013.) The 2015 rise was fueled in part by a 67 percent increase in anti-muslim hate crimes, with attacks against gay and transgender people also up.
And while figures aren’t official, the Southern Poverty Law Center said it noted an uptick in hate crimes following the 2016 election.
Stories of local incidents prompted Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to write: “Any act of discrimination or hate crimes is unacceptable.”
She continued that message in April, during a speech she called “One Minneapolis in the Time of Trump.”
In the address, she said the city recently added a position within the city’s Department of Civil Rights specifically to investigate complaints of discrimination and hate crimes. They also developed new codes for 311 to track hate crime reports, she said.
On the Department of Ciivil Rights’ page, Director Velma Korbel says this: “In no uncertain terms, hate-motivated speech and actions have no place in Minneapolis nor will they be tolerated. Activities such as these are against the law. No one is above the law.”