The Suffolk County Police Department has reached a tentative agreement to enhance investigations of hate crimes and bias incidents, in the wake of federal scrutiny following the 2008 hate crime killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant.
Police were searching Monday night for the vandals who damaged a menorah in Suffolk County.
The report from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services obtained by Newsday shows the number of hate crimes rose 200 percent in Suffolk County from 2011 to 2012.
Three teenage boys and a 12-year-old girl were arrested in connection with an attack in Brooklyn last week, in which a published report said racial slurs were hurled by the alleged assailants.
In the wake of a suspected bias attack on a Columbia University professor earlier this month, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) joined members of the Sikh Cultural Society Sunday in a rally against hate crimes.
Police say Shashi Ramsaroop, Lindsey Peaks and Demetrius Latrell Torain were arrested on assault, aggravated harassment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal tampering charges.
David Haddad, 56, was arrested for allegedly making anti-Semitic phone calls to elderly women and vandalized the inside of an apartment building.
After a two-year investigation, the Justice Department is urging the Suffolk County Police Department to change procedures for hate crime investigations involving Latinos. The feds cite the case of Marcelo Lucero.
New York officials say there were 699 hate crimes statewide last year, up 2 percent from a year earlier.
A vigil was held in Brooklyn over the weekend in memory of a hate crime.
Community leaders used “National Night Out Against Crime” as an opportunity to announce a new plan to fight bias crime in Port Richmond.