Hate crimes, sometimes referred to as “bias crimes,” have a wider effect upon a community than random crimes. While we all feel sympathy and compassion for victims of random crime, we don’t usually take it “personally” or become fearful ourselves. However, the reaction to hate crimes is often different because victims of hate crimes are selected based upon one’s belief, right or wrong, that the victim merely belongs to a group of people he or she dislikes. As such, other members of that targeted group often react strongly with outrage and fear, and worry about their own future wellbeing.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. believes in the thorough investigation and strong prosecution of these despicable acts of violence. The Hate Crimes Unit is a Vertical Prosecution Unit that is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all such crimes occurring within the county and bringing the perpetrators to justice. If you are a victim of a hate crime, call 911 and tell the police that you believe you are the victim of a hate crime. If you have any questions, or need any additional information, contact the Hate Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office at (914) 995-4172.