AG Herring announces initiative to stop hate crimes in Virginia

Attorney General Mark Herring meets with law enforcement officers on Monday, July 18. Credit: WAVY/Lex Gray.

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday announced a new initiative that will seek to stop hate crimes in the state.

He was joined Friday by legislators and community leaders to unveil legislative proposals to protect racial, ethnic and religious minorities — along with other vulnerable communities — from hate crimes.

The measure is in response to an increase in hate crimes nationally and in Virginia.

A news release from Herring’s office state that 155 hate crime offenses were reported in 2015 — including 71 assaults and 49 acts of vandalism.

“No Virginian should be singled out for abuse, harassment, or mistreatment because of who they are, what they look like, how they worship, where they come from, or whom they love,” Herring said.