“The FBI is required by law to collect data about hate crimes, but the Bureau relies on local law enforcement to collect the data. The consequences are predictable: While the FBI lists about 6,000 hate crimes per year, a survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that the number is closer to 250,000.” ProPublica, Documenting Hate Project

Hate crimes and bias incidents are a national problem, but there’s no reliable data on their nature or prevalence. While the majority of local law enforcement agencies nominally participate in the FBI’s data collection program, nearly 90 percent of them said they had no hate crimes at all in 2016.

On June 19, join Women’s March SLO and Detective Suzie Walsh from SLOPD for an overview of hate crimes and hate expressions reported in the city of San Luis Obispo in 2018. Detective Walsh will explain the definition of hate crime, how it differentiates from other types of crime, why documenting it is important and how you can expand these reporting practices into your area.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and you will need to reserve a seat.

Date: June 19, 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: United Church of Christ (Congregational) of San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road

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