City manager pursues review of Cincinnati’s hate crime laws

CINCINNATI (AP) — Despite having one of the toughest hate crime laws in the country, Cincinnati’s city manager has requested that officials review how the southwestern Ohio city prosecutes bias attacks.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) that City Manager Harry Black sent a memo to city council on Monday that issued recommendations for improving how hate crimes are handled in Cincinnati.

Among them include a review of current police protocol, having the city’s Office of Performance and Data Analytics track hate crimes for public dissemination and establishing ways for witnesses and tipsters to confidentially report such incidents.

Black’s letter comes on the heels of several recent acts of vandalism in the city that police have designated as hate crimes.

Cincinnati police say investigations into possible hate crimes are given priority in the department.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,