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What is Bias Crime?

What is a Bias Crime?

In Minnesota certain crimes are called bias crimes when they are committed against a person or group because of the race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin of the victim. Bias crimes are based on fear, misunderstanding or dislike of a certain group of people.


What can I do to stop discrimination and acts of Bias?

The bigotry, fear, distrust and hatred associated with bias crimes are learned at an early age. Here is what you can do to help:
  • Speak out and teach your children and all young people to value the differences of people.
  • Work with your schools, community groups and law enforcement officials to make your neighborhood a safe place for all people. Participate in community sponsored diversity activities and urge others to do the same.
  • Work with the Morris Human Rights Commission Bias Crime Response Network to help the victims of hate crimes by providing your support.
  • Remember that bias crimes are offenses against the entire community. Report all suspected cases.

What should I do if I think I am the victim of a bias crime?

Report any suspected bias crimes to the Morris Police Department: 589-1155




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