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: