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Report Hate Crimes
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime has two elements: a criminal
act, such as assault, battery or criminal damage to property; and a motive based
on the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender or disability. The motive is often expressed by hate
Dial 911 to report any crime or
Even if you are unable to describe the
offenders, your report helps police and community leaders spot patterns. It also
helps determine the allocation of police resources.
When police officers arrive:
- describe what happened,
including any hate language used.
- if the attack meets the
definition above, ask them to report it as a hate crime and tell them you're
willing to go to court.
- after officers write out a
report, you'll be given a partial copy with an "RD" (Records
Division) number that will allow you to track your case.
- for assistance in reporting a
hate crime, call the Center on Halsted Crisis Line at 773-871-2273. They will
help you track your case and support you in court.
Chicago Police Department
- 23rd District Community Policing Office,
Lakeview east of Clark St., 312-744-0064
- 19th District Community Policing Office,
Lakeview west of Clark St., 312-744-5574
- Civil Rights Section (investigates and tracks
hate crimes), 312-747-5485
Cook County State's Attorney's
- North Side Community Prosecution Unit
(prosecutes hate crimes), 773-506-3602
- Victims-Witness Program (helps victims in