Brooklyn Creates Hate Crimes Unit

NEW YORK (AP) -

The Brooklyn district attorney has created a hate crimes unit to deal with a rise in reported racially and religiously motivated attacks across the borough.

The unit, which will initially have five prosecutors, will be led by Marc Fliedner, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s civil rights bureau chief. The prosecutors will have access to tools more commonly used in organized crime investigations.

Brooklyn had 95 reported hate crimes from Jan. 1 to Sept. 14, a 30 percent rise from 2013. Since 2008, Brooklyn had the most hate crimes, following by Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island.