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Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - April 29, 2009)


Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote in support of H.R. 1913--the Federal Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. This legislation has had bipartisan support during the 106th, 108th, 109th and the 110th Congresses.

Many law enforcement organizations throughout the nation have endorsed the bill. We have their support because local police and sheriffs' departments will get resources they need to help investigate and prosecute violent criminals.

The bill allows the Federal government to provide crucial federal resources to state and local agencies to equip local officers with the tools they need to prosecute hate crimes.

Everyone deserves to be protected and to feel safe in their communities. African Americans, Hispanics, disabled Americans, Christians, members of the GBLT community, and every other American deserve this right. And we should give our local law enforcement the tools and support necessary to ensure our safety. We are all created equal and should be afforded the same freedoms and protections.

H.R. 1913 will provide assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies and amend Federal law to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of bias-motivated crimes of violence.

I ask my colleagues to join me as we pass this much needed civil rights legislation.


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