Speak Out!

July 06, 2005

THE ISSUE: HATE CRIMES

Members of Anne Arundel County's law enforcement community agreed last week to assemble teams to coordinate responses to hate crimes, in response to a series of recent incidents.

Officials said they are developing details about how the teams would be assembled and the types of incidents to which they would respond.

Authorities said they may convene town meetings. They said they also plan to prosecute those who flood homes with offensive material by charging them with littering. They acknowledge that fliers, even hateful ones, are protected free speech.

YOUR VIEW

Do you think the county has a problem with hate crimes, and are the measures recommended by county leaders an appropriate response? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your response short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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