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Hate Rising: A Special Report on Colorado’s Increasing Animosity

Hate crimes, hate groups, and other measures of bias in the state are all on the rise. 5280 investigates what's behind the hostility and what can be done to stop it.

Hate crime:

According to Colorado Revised Statute 18-9-121, “a person commits a bias-motivated crime if, with the intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation,” he or she knowingly causes bodily injury (a class 5 felony), damages another person’s property (a class 1 misdemeanor), or puts another person in fear of injury or damage to their property (also a class 1 misdemeanor).


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