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5 New York DAs Vow to Prosecute Hate Crimes in Wake of Trump Victory

By Ben Fractenberg | November 15, 2016 5:25pm

MIDTOWN — All five New York City district attorneys spoke out against a spike in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump.

DAs Cyrus Vance (Manhattan), Richard Brown (Queens), Darcel Clark (Bronx), Eric Gonzalez (Brooklyn) and Michael McMahon (Staten Island) said they want to “reaffirm our commitment to prosecute vigorously crimes that are motivated by bias and hate” in a joint statement released Tuesday.

“We have never and will never tolerate such acts — particularly those involving violence, intimidation, and destruction of property,” the DAs said.

“As demonstrated by yesterday’s FBI report on national hate crime statistics, these crimes are becoming more commonplace. Within the past week, our offices have become aware of multiple incidents where New Yorkers received threatening messages related to their race or religion, and we are carefully monitoring these reports.”

There have been several instances of intimidation in the city after the election, including pro-Trump graffiti found outside an NYPD Muslim prayer room and swastika spray-painted in a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Jewish population.

Trump has recently come under fire for appointing Breitbart Media chairman Steve Bannon as his senior adviser. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Bannon is connected to the white nationalist “alt-right” movement