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Jacksonville City Council Meeting on New Hate Crimes Law – Action News Jax

By meerna Jun12,2024

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville City Council wants to hear from the community about a new initiative to crack down on hate crimes.

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Proposed local laws aim to stiffen penalties for hate crimes. Councilman Jimmy Peluso is one of six local leaders sponsoring this legislation.

The new law will increase fines and prison terms for certain hate crimes if it is determined that they were committed with the intention of sending a hateful message to a protected group. It cites the presence of Nazi flags, such as the one seen outside the company’s headquarters last week, and several local incidents involving anti-Semitic projections and leaflets that have plagued the city in recent years as justification for the bill.

To read: ‘It’s a symbol of true hate’: Jacksonville tire shop flies Nazi flag in Spring Park

Where specific offenses are committed with the primary purpose of expressing or promoting hostility, hostility or malice towards a protected group, fines and imprisonment may be tripled.

The public discussion on the bill will start today at 3 p.m. at the town hall.

Councilman Jimmy Peluso says his bill is a direct response to concerns expressed by his constituents after the racist mass shooting at Dollar General.

In August, Angela Carr, Anolta “AJ” Laguerre Jr. was murdered in a New Town store. and Jerrald Gallion. The suspect then turned the gun on himself.

To read: 4 dead, including shooter in racist mass shooting on Kings Rd. Dollar General

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