Hate Crimes and Reporting
Allan Hancock College Police, Hate Crime Information and Reporting
Hate Incidents vs. Hate Crimes
A hate incident is an action or behavior motivated by hate but legally protected by the First Amendment
right to freedom of expression.
Examples of hate incidents include:
Name-calling, insults, distributing hate material in public places, and displaying hate material on your own property
The U.S. Constitution allows hate speech as long as it does not interfere with the civil rights of others. If a hate incident starts to threaten a person or property, it may become a hate crime.
A hate crime is a criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim. Categories of bias are race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, and disability. Hate crimes include all Criminal Offenses listed above as well as Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, Destruction /Damage/Vandalism of Property.
Larceny-Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.) Classify as Larceny: thefts of bicycles or automobile accessories; shoplifting; pocket-picking; stealing of property not taken by force, violence, or fraud; attempted larcenies.
Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
Hate Crime/Incident Reporting
If you witness a hate motivated incident or a hate crime on campus, or are a victim of such an incident, contact the Campus Police immediately at (805)922-6966 ext.3649 or 3911 from a campus phone.
Additionally, you should (if applicable):
- Go to a safe and well-lit area, preferably with other people around.
- Get medical attention if you need it.
- Write down the exact words that were said.
- Make notes about any other facts, such as the description of the suspect vehicle.
- Save all evidence (e.g., graffiti, items thrown, writing on victim's vehicle). If safe, wait until campus police arrives and takes photos.
- Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of other victims and witnesses to provide to campus police or other investigators.
- Report hate crimes/incidents to the Vice President of Student Services.
Please click on the link below for an informational brochure on Hate Crimes from the
Office of the Attorney General:
Hate Crimes Information