The Bal Harbour Village Council voted unanimously Tuesday night time to move an anti-Semitism ordinance that expands cops’ capacity to research such incidents as hate crimes. The ordinance is the primary of its variety for a municipality within the nation, village officers stated.
The ordinance, which took impact instantly, permits officers to think about whether or not a criminal offense had anti-Semitic motivations, and in that case, to research it as a violation of the ordinance along with state and federal legal guidelines, stated Mayor Gabriel Groisman, who pushed the measure.
“There’s no codified definition of anti-Semitism,” Groisman stated earlier than the ordinance was handed 5-zero Tuesday. “Police departments throughout the nation and regulation enforcement have a very exhausting time investigating hate crimes.”
The regulation directs officers to the State Department’s 2010 definition of anti-Semitism however permits…