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Letter: Hard to believe bias crime is down

From left, California Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen.

From left, California Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen. Alex Padilla and Google co-founder Sergey Brin exit a self-driving car at the Google headquarters on Sept. 25, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. Brown signed a driverless car bill Tuesday. Photo Credit: Getty Images

I was disappointed that the Dec. 10 news story “Cops: No rise in bias crime” did not include the concerns of the Jewish community, which I raised as chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

At the news conference, I talked about daily media accounts of the spike in hate crimes, predominantly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, on and off the Nassau Community College campus. The governor has decried this and appointed a task force.

These trends call into question the Nassau County statistics that bias crimes are down. Many crimes are not reported, and even when they are, the police delay release of this information to the media.

Our police force is one of the most professional and well-intentioned, but I think that these winds of hate blowing across America need serious attention.

Robert H. Solomon, Syosset


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