Hate crimes in Maine are on the rise, specialists say

At a discussion board on hate crimes in Portland on Friday, nationwide hate crime skilled Dr. Frank Pezzella says a spike in hate crimes in recent times might be traced to the 2016 presidential election, when he says offenders grew to become emboldened and indignant about adjustments of their communities.

In Maine, Pezzella says, that got here similtaneously an inflow of immigrants.

“The place you’ve that improve in variety, you’re going to see that friction between individuals who have lived there historically and newcomers, as a result of there’s a sense that they’re taking jobs, they’re taking properties, and so they’re not entitled as a result of they haven’t lived right here,” Pezzella mentioned.