In the wake of this past weekend’s deadly hate march in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he will introduce legislation designed to try to prevent a similar situation from happening in New York. The bill being drawn up would add to the state hate crimes law a new offense: the crime of rioting and inciting to riot when the actions target protected classes. Congressman Tom Reed said now is an appropriate time to consider the legislation.
Reed says the solution is simply not thru violence.
The state’s current hate crime law covers those targeted for a crime based on their race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.