Ask Bwog: Where Did All the Hate Crimes Go?
Written by Bwog Staff
When we analyzed Public Safety’s newly released Annual Report, a few commenters noticed the curious absence of hate crimes in the year 2007. 2007, you’ll recall, was the Year of the Hate Crime — with graffiti in SIPA, Lewisohn, and a half dozen meetings in response to the incident. So what’s with the row of zeroes?
Bwog just got off the phone with Jim McShane, Associate Vice President of Public Safety and breakout star of the 114th Annual Varsity Show, who directed our attention to a few key passages in the appendix to the Annual Report.
Appendix 1 of the report lists and defines all “reportable crimes.” You’ll notice that vandalism, desturction of public property, and all their variants are not on the list. McShane explained that even if the graffiti in SIPA or Lewisohn was motived by gender, religious, or racial bias, it doesn’t count as a hate crime because it’s not actually a crime, at least according to Public Safety’s rubric. “We call those “bias incidents,'” said McShane.
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