Published May 23 2023
The Bellevue Police Department is partnering with community agencies to unite against hate with an informational meeting about hate crimes and bias incidents today (Tuesday, May 23), 6-8 p.m., at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16051 NE 10th St.
According to the FBI, Washington state ranks fourth in the nation with the highest reported incidents. In 2022 in Bellevue, 23 hate crimes and five bias-related incidents were reported to police. Like hate crimes, bias incidents such as insults or profanity target people based on their perceived race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or religious belief. Details and how to report are at Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents.
“We know hate crimes and bias-related incidents are underreported, and we want to change that through education and removing barriers,” said Police Major Alycia McKinney. “Hate crimes and bias-related incidents are especially dehumanizing as the bias against the victim is the reason for the crime. It’s unacceptable, and by pulling together, we can affect meaningful change.”
At the first United Against Hate meeting with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and Eastside For All, attendees will learn about:
- The difference between a hate crime and a bias-related incident
- How to report a hate crime or bias-related incident
- What to expect after you report
- Non-law enforcement reporting options
- Support resources