A hate crime is a criminal offense in which the victim was intentionally selected because of the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender identity. The crime can be committed against a person, such as an assault and battery, or toward property, such as a vandalism. A crime is considered a hate crime even if the offender is mistaken about the victims membership in a particular group.
It is important to consider that individuals are free to hold and express their opinions and beliefs and the Fargo Police are committed to protecting the rights of all individuals. Hate alone is not a crime but if a criminal act is committed and a bias element is present, the police will investigate the matter as a hate crime.
Hate crimes are a violation of both state and federal law.
If you have been the target of a hate crime or have witnessed a hate crime
- Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
- Consider filing a report or speaking with an officer to determine your options.
- Know that you have the right to be safe from the violence and the threat of violence.
Report an incident
The Hate Crime and Bias Incident Report form was developed in order to obtain information about and/or to report hate crime and bias incidents in our community. Third party or anonymous complaints will be accepted, but please be aware that anonymous complaints can sometimes be difficult to investigate, as an investigator may need additional information and the complainant may be the only source available. For this reason, please consider providing contact information when submitting your complaint.