Tucson city council passes new hate crime ordinance - Tucson News Now

Tucson city council passes new hate crime ordinance

(Source: City of Tucson) (Source: City of Tucson)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson City Council has voted to pass a new ordinance to ban hate crimes and institutional vandalism at Tuesday night's meeting.

Before this vote there was no such type of hate crime ordinance in the city.

It’s an item the Mayor of Tucson initiated in light of the recent anti-Semitic attacks across the U.S.

Arizona has a “hate crime” statute that only applies to felonies. It allows for judges to consider harsher penalties on criminals who target their victims based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.

The state statute does not apply to criminals who commit misdemeanors like vandalism or break local ordinances.

However, the City of Tucson’s proposed hate crime ordinance would.

Tucson’s proposed hate crime ordinance would also add health care facilities to the list of places like churches, schools, and cemeteries under institutional vandalism.

According to the online Mayor and Council Communication, if passed as is, the ordinance would establish certain minimum penalties to include mandatory jail time of at least 10 days for a first offense.

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