ABC News: Hate crimes are hard to prosecute, but why?
ABC News - Violence and harassment against Asian Americans continue to make national headlines – but experts and advocates say some of those attacks may never be tried as hate crimes.
Several factors can deter investigators from pursuing a crime as one motivated by hate, they said. . .
And if there’s a language barrier, a victim may not even understand any hateful words from an attacker, attorney Stanley Mark of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said.
“The police take racial slurs as a tipping point,” Mark told ABC News. “And if it’s not there, then, despite the murder, or assault or the underlying crime, they may not find enough evidence to classify it as a hate crime that’s racially motivated.”
“If you’re not looking for racial motivation, you’re not going to find it,” Mark said. . .