Maryland attorney general announces hate crime hotline

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BALTIMORE, Md. — Hate crimes that occur in Maryland can now be reported via a hotline, thanks to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

The number is 1-866-481-8361. Frosh confirmed that this was in response to events across Maryland in the last week, post-presidential election. The hotline will, if necessary, refer callers to law enforcement for further investigation.

“Sadly, Maryland is not immune to this outbreak, and it is important to remember that our laws prohibit this kind of conduct and provide protection from it,” said Frosh in a statement.

The hotline is open to reports of misconduct based on a victims’ race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or homeless status.

However, complaints about student harassment or bullying should be made directly to the school, college or university.

“I believe the current state of affairs presents not only a challenge, but an opportunity. Neighborhood by neighborhood, we can declare that justice, fairness and tolerance are not partisan principles, but keystones of America’s character,” stated Frosh.

For more information about hate crime laws and resources in your area, see Maryland’s Response to Hate Crimes on the MCCR website. To report a crime or if you fear for your safety, contact local law enforcement and call 911 in an emergency.