You might start to see advertisements in North Texas encouraging you to report hate crimes.
It is a national initiative recently launched by the FBI.
Advertising will appear at Dallas Love Field, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, area gas stations, digital billboards, AM and FM radio, and mobile / digital / web media from Lubbock to Lufkin.
The FBI defines a hate crime as a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s biases against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or a gender identity.
“One of the top priorities of the FBI is to defend the civil rights of the communities we serve. We are actively working with our law enforcement partners to investigate hate crimes and obtain justice for victims affected by violence, ”said FBI Dallas Special Agent Matthew J. De Sarno. “The FBI wants to reassure the public that we will prosecute individuals who commit violent and hateful acts against any member of our community.”
The FBI said in a press release, “Victims and witnesses of any hate-related incident are encouraged to report the information to law enforcement. Once the report is made, it is evaluated by the FBI, then dedicated resources and specialized expertise are engaged to determine the best course of action for the investigation and arbitration. “
If you believe you are a victim or witness of a hate crime, we encourage you to report it to the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or submitting a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. You can remain anonymous.