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University City debates having a hate crimes registry

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The University City Council debated implementing a hate crimes' registry Monday night. Credit: KMOV The University City Council debated implementing a hate crimes' registry Monday night. Credit: KMOV
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

University City’s City Council debated a bill on Monday that would essentially create a local hate crimes registry.

Bill 9307 was introduced by Council Member Ward 3, Rod Jennings.

“I think it’s going to provide a lot of protection for our community and hopefully deter those who may be thinking about doing a hate crime,” said Jennings.

Jennings said he’s been working on the bill since November 2016 and said he got the idea from a council member in Jackson, Mississippi. This was well before the vandalism reported at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, which police are still investigating and have not labeled a hate crime.

The room debated what having a hate crime registry would really mean.

Some fear it doesn’t do enough to prevent hate crimes.  Others brought up that the city had a hate crimes ordinance passed in 1999, but it appears to have “disappeared” in current code, so the council is going to look into what happened.

Along with having documentation of who committed a hate crime, the bill also calls for law enforcement training on dealing with such crimes.

The question of how much power the city has on this issue in comparison to federal and state governments was also discussed.

Jennings said they will discuss the bill further at the next meeting and hopefully vote on it.



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