Hate at Home Part 5: Why enforcing hate crime laws is so challenging
A swastika carved into a Nyack Starbucks bathroom wall. A noose hanging in an Ossining park. A racially charged road rage incident caught on camera in Ulster County. They are just a few examples of the hate that seems to be happening all over the Hudson Valley.
Our database shows a bias incident happens at least one out of every six days in our area. But not all of these incidents lead to a police report.
According to FBI numbers, some of our largest municipalities have gone years without a reported hate crime. Among them are Scarsdale, North Castle, New Castle, Goshen, Newburgh, New Windsor, and White Plains are just some of the communities that show zero hate crimes going back several years.
So how can this be? We took that question to White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong.