Hate crimes are on the rise in Colorado. The state is partnering with eighteen private groups to address the issue.
Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the initiative Monday morning, saying he doesn’t know why hate crimes are up, but that new efforts are needed to stop them.
“It’s that spirit of welcoming everyone, regardless of where you came from, regardless of who you love, regardless of what you look like, regardless of who you worship, and so together we can stand against hate,” said Weiser.
The Colorado Coalition Against Hate has released a guide to help prevent hate crimes, and to assist victims. The effort comes after the recent arrests of a man accused of plotting to bomb a synagogue in Pueblo-- and another accused of threatening people outside a Denver mosque with a BB gun.