Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with the Human Rights Commission, hosted a vigil to stop bias crimes on Tuesday, January 10th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. Clergy members, community leaders and activists from different religious backgrounds offered words of comfort and prayers for victims of such incidents.
“I thank everyone for joining us here as together we illustrate that Nassau County will not tolerate any Anti-Semitic or any bias incidents,” said County Executive Mangano. “We urge citizens to report such incidents to the Nassau County Police Department so that we can investigate and apprehend the perpetrators and so our District Attorney can prosecute them for their hate crimes.”
Despite incidents of bias crime declining year after year, there were 3 recent incidents of swastikas at Nassau Community College, and on December 19, 2016, there were 5 swastikas drawn in snow at 3 Mineola locations. The Nassau County Commission on Human Rights has intensified their efforts in fighting bias cases by educating the public and reaching out to those who feel that they have been victims of a bias incident.
If you see something, say something! Residents can help law enforcement by serving as an extra set of eyes and ears. To assist police, Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify a bias crime incident to call their toll free hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or to Text-a-Tip using the Crime Stoppers application on your smartphone.