For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 13, 2017
San Rafael, CA -- The Marin County District Attorney has instituted and activated a Hate Crime Hotline, 415-473-2585, to assure that potential hate crime incidents are properly and promptly investigated.
Anyone who has been the victim of, or witnessed, what is believed to be a hate crime or hate speech is urged to report the crime to local law enforcement. The hotline is designed to be used as a follow-up to an emergency 911 call.
If the event or incident is an emergency, then an immediate 9-1-1 call should be made. The hotline is not to be substituted for reporting an active emergency event.
A caller will be asked to leave a brief message on this line, and it will be checked daily by the DA’s staff. The caller will receive a return call within one business day.
The hotline is initially in English and Spanish, with Farsi and Vietnamese languages being added by the end of January.
“All of us have broad constitutional protections with regard to our speech, religious affiliations and group associations; however, these protections have limitations and hate-based conduct can and will be prosecuted,” Berberian said.
Ed BerberianDistrict AttorneyCounty of Marin
Marin County Civic Center3501 Civic Center DriveSan Rafael, CA 94903(415) 747-2241