Frosh launches Maryland hate crime hotline

Erin Cox
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Noting an uptick in hate crimes, Maryland's Attorney General launched a hotline to report them.

After increased reports of hate speech in the state, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday launched a hotline for victims to report the crimes.

Frosh said in a statement that "Maryland is not immune" to a national "outbreak" of hate incidents targeting racial minorities, Muslims, Jews, immigrants and LGBT people.

The state's top law enforcement officer encouraged victims to report it to local law enforcement, and said calls made to his office on the hotline (1-866-481-8361) would be referred to local officials.

Frosh on Monday said there was an "upwelling" in reports of intolerant conduct and he wanted to reiterate such incidents can be criminal.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted 435 incidents of "hateful harassment and intimidation" across the country since Election Day. Eleven of those incidents were in Maryland, and they include harassment and bullying at schools as well as a Silver Spring church that was vandalized to say "white power" and "Trump nation."

President-elect Donald J. Trump said in an interview last week that was surprised to hear of the uptick and urged anyone who may be involved to "stop it."

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