I just don't see why a "hate crimes" law would be the answer. All citizens should be protected from assault, regardless of the reason in the criminal's mind. I believe the key to effective protection for the citizenry would be to have certain, severe and equal punishment. The problem in this case is not that there are not enough laws against the assault, but that it is unlikely that the criminals will actually serve a substantial portion of the 10 years in prison they are supposedly facing under the existing law.
I do appreciate the local reporting, in any case.
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