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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department would review how to tackle anti-Asian violence within the next 30 days.
The review was announced in a letter from Garland obtained by CBS Chief Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues and shared on Twitter by his colleague, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang.
Hate crimes against Asian-American have surged in the last year, and Garland said he wanted the Justice Department to “recommit” to using its resources to combat hate.
He said the Justice Department would consider how it could better track the reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents, prioritize criminal investigations, utilize civil enforcement authorities to ensure bias does not arise, and ensure US Attorney’s Offices are equipped with resources to protect against hate.
“While this effort remains ongoing, the Department will seek justice for the victims of hate-fueled mass murderers we have seen too many times in the past several years — killings that have shaken our communities, torn at our social fabric, and undercut our most basic values,” he said.
Garland added that he would “continue to deploy” community outreach organizations and civil enforcement power to help prevent further hate crimes.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics