Statement of Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Bias Acts
Gonzalez Urges Idahoans to Report Hate-Based Crimes to Law Enforcement
BOISE (STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. and Special Agent in Charge Dennis W. Rice of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Salt Lake City Field Office today highlighted the federal role in countering hate crimes and bias acts—especially those targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“No one in Idaho should live in fear of violence because of who they are, what they look like, or what part of the world they or their families came from,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are committed to bringing all of our tools to bear in supporting our Asian American and Pacific Islander community groups here in Idaho, as we have witnessed a rise in hate and bias incidents occurring across the country. These crimes, and other acts of hate and bias, have no place in our community. I urge all Idahoans to report hate-based crimes to either local or federal law enforcement.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI review information about potential hate crimes from members in the community and also provide assistance to local, state, and tribal law enforcement with investigations of hate crimes.