Gov. Cuomo Wants a New Hate Crime Law. Would Police Use It to Suppress Protests?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants harsher criminal penalties for rioting, but his proposal could easily blow back on peaceful protesters. Pointing to last weekend’s violence in Virginia, Cuomo is pushing to expand the state’s hate crime laws with what he’s calling the ” Charlottesville provisions .” Under the new rules, according to the Auburn Citizen , rioting that targets a protected class would become a more severe felony than it is now, leading to a potential penalty of seven years in prison.

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