An increase in hate crimes has New York Governor Andrew Cuomo creating a “special police unit to fight the uptick in New York “.
Citing a number of recent incidents, Cuomo describes the situation as “social poison [in] the fabric of our nation”
On the 15th of this month the governor launched a hotline for New York residents to report bias and discrimination. The line connects to the Division of Human Rights, and has received over 400 calls since Friday.
In an article on CNN, New York City police chief, James O’Neil told a local radio station said “We’re up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City — we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society
has cited more than 700 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since the election.
Cuomo also plans to create a defense release fund for immigrants who may be effected by Trumps new plans of deportation.