On January 23, 2018, a joint resolution reaffirming the protection of civil liberties, religious freedoms, and dignity of all residents, and supporting the addition of law enforcement tools and enhanced penalties for hate crime offences throughout Utah, was passed by the Ogden City Council and Mayor Michael P. Caldwell.
“One of the things this resolution does is it encourages the state officials to look for ways to use different tools, or better tools, to make sure we can ensure the protection of residents at a local level,” Council Member Marcia White said. “This is a resolution that supports what we believe here in our city.”
This follows the Utah State Legislature’s recent announcement to explore enhanced penalties for civil rights violations, or hate crimes, where an offence is committed with the intent of causing the victim to reasonably fear to freely exercise or enjoy any right secured by the Constitution or laws of the state or by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
“I recognize the challenges before the legislature on the issue,” Vice Chair Ben Nadolski said. “I certainly respect their role in the challenge and I’m excited they’re taking it up – it’s an important conversation for the state to have.”
It is the Council’s belief that stronger law enforcement tools to address hate crimes will assist law enforcement in building better relations and trust with communities.
For additional information, please contact Ogden City Council Executive Director Janene Eller-Smith, JaneneEller-Smith@ogdencity.com, 801-629-8153.