HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A regional increase in hate crimes since Election Day has officials in Suffolk County calling attention to the problem and urging all to speak out against bigotry.
As WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported, painted swastikas, Ku Klux Klan fliers, and racist language has had county officials speaking out.READ MORE: 1 Injured In Manhole Fire In Midtown; FDNY, Utility Crews On Scene
County Executive Steve Bellone is calling on all elected leaders, including President-elect Donald Trump, to do the same.
“I think one of your most basic responsibilities as a public official is to work to bring people together, not to divide people apart,” Bellone said.READ MORE: Police: 2 Men Wanted In Violent Queens Home Invasion Stole $3,000 From Woman At Gunpoint
Suffolk County Human Rights Commission Executive Director Dawn Lott said hate acts will not be tolerated in Suffolk County.
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The officials urged all to stand as one against bigotry.