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Hate Crimes Unit


To investigate and prosecute hate crimes by following up on every credible tip and offer departmental resources to assist local and federal law enforcement partners in this effort.

Hate Crimes Unit

"Hate itself is not a crime and our civil liberties protect the right to speak about even the most terrible of things," said Nessel.  But when a criminal offense is committed against a person or property and it is motivated by an offender's bias against a particular group, then my Office will act.

Attorney General Nessel is encouraging members of the public and other law enforcement agencies to contact the Hate Crimes Unit if they have knowledge of, or are a victim of, a crime motivated by hate. The Department of Attorney General will follow up on every credible tip, will launch independent investigations when sufficient cause exists, and will offer departmental resources to assist our local and federal law enforcement partners.

If you are a victim of a hate crime or have credible information about a hate crime, please contact the Department of Attorney General at 313-456-0180.