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Hate Crimes  

Illinois 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1

(a) A person commits hate crime when, by reason of the actual or perceived
race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical
or mental disability, or national origin of another individual or group of
individuals, he commits assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor
theft, criminal trespass to residence, misdemeanor criminal damage to
property, criminal trespass to vehicle, criminal trespass to real property,
mob action or disorderly conduct.

Independent of any criminal prosecution or the result thereof, any person
suffering injury to his person or damage to his property as a result of hate
crime may bring a civil action for damages, injunction or other appropriate
relief.

Other states have similar statutes that allow law enforcement to prosecute
offenders for engaging in such criminal behavior.

Behavior is learned at home so make sure you teach your children to do the
right thing. If you witness such criminal behavior make sure to excuse
yourself and don't be made a part of such a senseless crime. Stand up for
what is right and protect the rights of others.

SafetyCops say report all such Incidents of Hate Crime to your local law
enforcement agency.

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