NAACP holds meeting on hate crime prevention

By Jade Cunningham | jcunningham@ktalnews.tv

Published 06/13 2014 07:28AM

Updated 06/13 2014 07:33AM

Law enforcement agencies and the local chapter of the NAACP came together to educate the community on hate crime prevention.

In 2012, over 6,700 hate crime incidents were reported by the FBI.

On Thursday, representatives from the Department of Justice, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office met at the "Lakeside Community Center" in Shreveport.

At the meeting, neighbors touched on racial profiling and poor treatment from police officers.

Organizers stressed the importance of classifying, preventing and reporting hate crimes.

"The people here were very interested in the information that we had to give," said !st Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook. "There were a lot of concerns that I hope we were able to address some of them, and I thought the feedback here was great."

The NAACP says they hope to have another informational meeting soon.

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