Acting U.S. Attorney and FBI Special Agent in Charge Speak Out on Hate Crimes

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SACRAMENTO — Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and FBI Sacramento Field Office Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan condemn racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and urge members of the community to report hate-based crimes and incidents to law enforcement. The Eastern District of California is one of the most diverse regions in the country, and federal law enforcement is committed to protecting our diverse communities.

“We stand together with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community during this difficult time. Acts of hate and racism have no place in our community and will not be tolerated,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert. “We want to ensure that all those who call this region their home feel safe regardless of their race, ethnic origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Prosecuting hate crimes continues to be a top priority for our office and our law enforcement partners and our Hate Crimes Task Forces remain active. If you see something, please say something by contacting law enforcement so that we can do everything we can to help stop hate crime and protect the community.”

The United States Attorney’s Office has been in regular and ongoing contact with Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders and our local and federal law enforcement partners regarding potential hate crimes directed at persons of Asian descent. Tonight, Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert will be joining other federal and local law enforcement leaders and elected representatives to speak at a town hall to address anti-Asian hate crimes. Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert also released a Public Service Announcement encouraging community members to report hate crimes and incidents: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/acting-us-attorney-phil-talbert-offers-statement-support-asian-american-pacific.

“The FBI has been reaching out to and working with the API community to increase understanding of our role in investigating hate crime, encourage reporting of hate crimes, and continue to increase diversity and inclusion within our work force,” said Special Agent in Charge Ragan. “A criminal act committed against a person because of their ethnicity or national origin is a hate crime. Such investigations are a high priority for the FBI’s civil rights program because of the profound and lasting impact such acts have on entire communities. We affirm our commitment to thoroughly investigating the facts of alleged hate crimes and continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure offenders face justice.”

If you are a victim of a hate crime and are in immediate danger, call 911 first. Once you are safe, please also report the hate crime to the FBI by calling 916-746-7000. This FBI tip line offers language translation services in many languages spoken in our region, including Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. When calling, please provide basic information to help us investigate— the who, what, when, where, and why. If you wish, you can make your tip anonymously.

Additional resources regarding hate crimes and bias incidents are available here:

https://civilrights.justice.gov/#your-rights

https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/hate-crimes#FBI-Resources.

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