Rise in hate crimes causes hundreds in Montgomery County to stand up for diversity, unity, peace

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Four of the most diverse cities in the nation are located here in Montgomery County.

According to Montgomery County Police, in the ten days following Donald Trump’s election, there was a 17 percent rise in hate crimes in the county.

Sunday, hundreds of people, of all ages, from different backgrounds, packed into Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring to celebrate diversity and unity.

Montgomery County leaders vowed to protect residents from harassment and deportation while President-elect Donald Trump is in office.

“No matter what happens with the federal government, I can tell you the Montgomery County Police Department does not care about your immigration status, we care about your safety,” Montgomery County Police Chief Manger told the crowd.

“Make certain you tell those who are in fear today, those that believe they will be deported, those that believe they will lose their job, those who believe that they cannot protect their kids, that this is Montgomery County, this is not what we do,” exclaimed County Executive Ike Leggett.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, launched a hotline for people to call if they are harassed, discriminated against or intimidated: 1-866-481-8361.

Attorney General Frosh’s statement: http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/press/2016/111716.pdf