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Calgary police said hate-motivated crimes are recognizable, like assault, theft, vandalism or any other crime, where the offender was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate that is based on one of nine personal characteristics of the victim.
“These types of offences not only harm the victim but can have larger impacts in the community,” said Calgary police.
“They can leave others who share the same characteristic concerned that they too may be targeted, which undermines their feeling of safety in our city.”
After the courts have found a person guilty of the connected crime, then any evidence of hate motivation is considered. If during sentencing, the judge finds that hate was a motivation for the crime, it can add to the convicted person’s sentence.