FBI Asked to Assist With Possible Hate Crime In Rogers

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ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — Rogers police have asked the FBI to help investigate an attack that may be a hate crime.

The attack occurred last Tuesday. In that incident, four people were cited for disorderly conduct for fighting. It was alleged that one of the combatants was making derogatory remarks regarding the sexual orientation of one of the others involved in the altercation, according to Keith Foster, public information officer for Rogers police.

“As the State of Arkansas has no statute covering crimes of this nature, commonly referred to as hate crimes, there is no mechanism at the state level for officers or prosecutors to consider additional charges or enhancements,” Foster said. “Such statutes do exist at the Federal level.”

Rogers police contacted the FBI on Friday for assistance with the investigation “specifically to review the case for violation of any of the Federal hate crime statutes,” Foster said.

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