New Initiative Will Train Police On Hate Crimes

Governor Rauner says it's not enough to just have laws against hate crimes. (WRSP)

Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing his push to fight hate crimes.

Governor Rauner says it's not enough to just have laws against hate crimes. He says the state needs to actively fight those crimes. At a press conference in Chicago on Monday, Rauner announced a new curriculum for new Illinois State Police cadets. The new curriculum will give officers ideas on how to change community norms that foster tolerance and indifference toward crimes.

Rauner says the training will teach law enforcement how to better identify, investigate and prosecute hate crimes.

"When acts of vandalism occur or acts of violence against a person, sometimes, it's in the grey zone," said Rauner. "Was it motivated by whether or not that person was of a specific background or ethnicity or religion? We want to be very sensitive to that determination."

The training for police is just one of four initiatives Governor Rauner is pushing to fight hate crimes in the state. It's a partnership with the Illinois State Police and the Anti-Defamation League.

The other initiatives include anti-hate curriculum in public schools, strengthening laws and penalties against hate crimes and more.

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