Leaders raise awareness of hate crimes

January 19, 2009 2:52:56 PM PST
During a Martin Luther King holiday event, Chicago police and local leaders condemned the 72-hate crimes reported to Chicago police during 2008.Earlier this month, several North Side Jewish institutions were targeted in possible hate crimes. On Monday the Jewish Federation and Anti-Defamation League announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in those incidents.

Also on Monday, Chicago police reported that a gay male who was targeted at a West Loop party on January 11th fell down some stairs. The victim suffered serious head injuries.

"We are currently working with the commission as well as other community organizations to ensure that the word is let out that we will not tolerate hate crimes against anyone in the city of Chicago," said Sgt. Allyson Johnson, Chicago Police Dept.

Police say the offender was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime.