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December 1, 2008   View Discussion

Town of Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force Holds Press Conference on Hate Crimes - Photos

The Town of Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force (which I am the Secretary of) held a press conference today on the recent murder of Marcelo Lucero and other hate-related incidents within the Town of Southampton. The speakers included Dianne Rulnick, co-chair of the Anti-Bias Task Force; Lucius Ware, a member of the Anti-Bias Task Force and President of the Eastern Long Island NAACP; and Bob Zellner, a member of the Anti-Bias Task Force and author of the recently released book, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.
The press conference also addressed a noose found hanging from a LIPA pole on the border of Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton three weeks ago. The case is currently under investigation by the Town of Southampton Police as a hate crime. On November 1st, a new statute to the New York State hate crimes law went into effect that makes the display or etching of a noose a hate crime.

After the rash of events in Suffolk County, the Southampton Town Board passed a resolution on November 12th to require the Town of Southampton Police to partner with the Suffolk County Hate Crimes unit when there was a hate crime within the Town. Previously this was not required.
Below are some pictures from the press conference:

Dianne Rulnick reads a statement from the Anti-Bias Task Force

A lighter moment during the press conference

Long Island WINS provided the signs

Lucius Ware and fellow Eastern Long Island NAACP stand in support

Members of the Anti-Bias Task Force and concerned residents stand against hate crimes

Bob Zellner addresses a question from the press



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