Fayetteville City Council passes hate crime ordinance

Northwest Arkansas News

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fayetteville City Council passed a hate crime ordinance Tuesday, October 20.

The ordinance adds a hate crime component to “certain state criminal misdemeanors” and allows prosecutors to show evidence that crimes were hate-based.

The misdemeanors that fall under the new hate crime ordinance are:

  • Battery in the Third Degree
  • Assault in the Second and Third Degrees
  • Coercion
  • Terroristic Threatening
  • Arson
  • Criminal Mischief in the First and Second Degrees
  • Filing False report with law enforcement agency
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Harassment
  • Harassing Communication
  • Communication of a False Alarm
  • Threatening a fire or bombing
  • Cyberbullying
  • Stalking in the Third Degree

Click here to read the full ordinance.

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