Directs State Police Hate Crimes Unit to Coordinate with FBI and NYPD Investigations
To Report Information Relevant to the Investigation or Incidents of Bias and Discrimination, Contact 1-888-392-3644
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on the FBI to launch an investigation into incidents involving the 'Proud Boys' group following disturbing videos and reports of violence by members of the group in New York City over the weekend. The Proud Boys are designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Governor also directed the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to coordinate with the FBI and NYPD on thorough investigations into these incidents and any additional acts of violence or discrimination by the group across the state. New Yorkers are encouraged to contact 1-888-392-3644 if they have information relevant to the investigation or to report incidents of bias and discrimination.
"The bottom line is that I hold the President responsible for demonizing differences, fanning the flames of racism and division and creating a fire of hatred and violence," Governor Cuomo said. "These vile acts of racism, division and discrimination are repugnant to American values, and have no place in our state. Why did this club invite the Proud Boys, a hate group with a history of inciting violence? Do you believe they have a positive contribution to the political dialogue at this time?"
The State Police Hate Crimes Unit will share information and resources from the New York State Intelligence Center with the NYPD and FBI. As the State's fusion center, the New York State Intelligence Center serves as a repository of statewide criminal intelligence, including information on hate crimes. The State Police will offer additional access to this resource so local law enforcement can utilize the extensive intelligence resources the State has to offer.
New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday or text "HATE" to 81336. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a crime or are in immediate danger should always dial 911. The state offers a $5,000 reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hate crime.
Governor Cuomo created the Hate Crimes Task Force in 2017 to fight the increase in reports of bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence throughout New York State. The Task Force, run by the New York State Police, has engaged county leaders, district attorneys, school district leaders, local police departments and other key stakeholders to identify and investigate hate motivated crimes and bias related trends, community vulnerabilities and discriminatory practices.
Under state law, a person commits a hate crime when one of a specified set of offenses is committed targeting a victim because of a perception or belief about their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, or when such an act is committed as a result of that type of perception or belief. Hate crimes can be perpetrated against an individual, a group of individuals or against public or private property. Also under state law it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, ethnicity and many other protected classifications.