The Department of Justice and the FBI have a message for local police departments: start charging more white people with hate crimes or invite an investigation.
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta told an assembly of FBI agents yesterday that they are now tasked with hounding police departments in their district if they do not register any “hate crimes.”
Gupta and FBI Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division Jay Greenberg have declared “hate crimes” by “racially motivated violent extremists” (a euphemism generally reserved for right-wing white men) to be a national threat priority — a rare designation.
According to Greenberg, the FBI will be increasingly specialized in pursuing “hate crimes” through increased training in the matter, an aggressive media campaign designed to recruit victims in “underrepresented and targeted populations,” and putting federal pressure on local law enforcement to charge and report hate crimes when they otherwise wouldn’t.
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About two hours north of Pueblo, in the state capital of Denver, U.S. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta prominently mentioned the attempted attack on Temple Emanuel in her keynote remarks last month at an FBI civil rights conference.
“Holzer repeatedly expressed his hatred for J**ish people,” she said to FBI agents, federal prosecutors and intelligence analysts, pressing them to combat the rise of hate in the homeland.
One of the ways she wanted them to do that is to start talking to those in blue, encouraging law enforcement officers to report hate crime data when it occurs so plots like the one against Temple Emanuel can be disrupted in time.
“Approach each and every law enforcement agency in your district that reports zero hate crimes or does not participate in hate crimes reporting to learn what’s going on and why that’s happening,” the Justice Department’s number three in command said to the several hundred personnel listening.
“With the help of accurate data, law enforcement can better target limited resources to fight hate crimes,” she said.
That outreach to local police in communities across the country is just one of several FBI initiatives launching this summer.
h/t Anon Braveheart