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Bias crimes

Covert: Public More Likely To Report Bias, Hate Cases

Covert: Public More Likely

To Report Bias, Hate Cases

Cooperstown Sees Its First Two Cases Ever

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

Chief Covert
Chief Covert

COOPERSTOWN – Although applied in the Village of Cooperstown for the first time this summer – twice – bias laws have been on the books for years, according to Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert.

What’s changing is public attitudes toward possible racial and homophobic confrontations are changing, he said:  “It’s very unusual, but people aren’t going to put up with it.”

That makes them more likely to report what they consider harassment, Covert said: “Years ago, people may have looked the other way. People are being vigilant, they’re seeing bad behavior and they’re reporting it.”

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