Brooklyn D.A. Sets Up ‘Hate Crimes Unit’ Due To Rise In Incidents


ssThe Brooklyn district attorney has created a hate crimes unit to deal with a rise in reported racially and religiously motivated attacks across the borough.

The Wall Street Journal says the unit will initially have five prosecutors.

It will be led by Marc Fliedner, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s civil rights bureau chief.

The prosecutors will have access to tools more commonly used in organized crime investigations. But Fliedner declined to detail what tools would be available to the unit.

According to the NYPD, Brooklyn had 95 reported hate crimes from Jan. 1 to Sept. 14. That’s a 30 percent rise compared to the same period in 2013.

From 2008 to 2012, Brooklyn had the highest number of reported hate crimes, following by Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.