21.00.140     MALICIOUS HARASSMENT

 

Definition

 

A person is guilty of malicious harassment if he/she maliciously and intentionally commits one of the following acts because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap:

 

v     Causes physical injury to another person; or

 

v     Causes physical damage to or destruction of the property of the victim or another person; or

 

v     Threatens a specific person or group of persons and places that person, or members of the specific group of persons, in reasonable fear of harm to person or property.

 

Malicious Harassment is a Class C felony.

 

Response

 

Department personnel shall respond to reports of the crime of Malicious Harassment (RCW 9A.36.080) in accordance with its significance as both a felony and a matter of great community concern.

 

All personnel will be sensitive and responsive to the natural anxieties of the victim(s) of Malicious Harassment.  Officers will preserve all relevant evidence and immediately conduct a thorough follow-up investigation whenever this crime is brought to the attention of the Department.

 

It will be the responsibility of command and supervisory officers to make certain that a reported crime of Malicious Harassment is properly documented and a priority follow-up investigation is expeditiously completed in an attempt to both identify and charge any persons responsible for the crime.