On Monday, the Department introduced members of the Hate Crime Assessment Committee at One Police Plaza, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.
“Today we are facing almost daily reports of hate crimes. “ We need help to stop this, ” said Devorah Halberstam, a council member.
Five community leaders represent New York City Black, Asian, Jewish, LGBTQ and Muslim communities will also help police determine which cases should be investigated as hate crimes.
In attacks where a suspect’s motives are not clear, panelists will review the situations and submit their recommendations to the police and the District Attorney.
“We hope, during the review process, we can create nuances in terms of linguistic, cultural and other perspectives,” and Fred Teng, also a board member.
The announcement comes amid a spike in hate crime across the city, especially those targeting Asians. So far this year, there have been 66 possibilities anti-Asia crime bias, compared to 12 crimes at the same time by 2020.
In many cases, the DA’s reluctance to file the denunciation made the Asian-American community tumultuous.
Back in March, protesters held a demonstration over the decision do not accuse Salman Muflihi with an obnoxious crime after he was accused of stabbing an Asian man in Chinatown because “he didn’t like the way the victim looked at him”.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea hope the panelists can have a different perspective on such cases.
“There’s a gap because some of the people left wonder, ‘Is that the right thing? “… This is an opportunity to have an independent, outside board of directors,” Shea said.
Control panel will start working immediately. It plans to meet in person once a month and almost twice.
CBS2’s Christina Fan contributed to this report.