NEW YORK — Since Donald Trump was elected president Nov. 8, there have been an outburst of reported incidents of hate crimes around race, religion and sexuality.
As thousands across the nation continue to protest the election results, many have reported to authorities and the media bias attacks — including in the tristate area.
A commuter found a swastika drawn on the B train Thursday morning. Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who is gay and Jewish, posted about a pair of swastikas he found carved into an elevator in his Greenwich Village apartment building.
Data from the NYPD and FBI shows a spike in hate crime in the past year, and local governments and organizations have launched initiatives to protect those facing biased attacks.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has started a hotline for New Yorkers to call to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights, and mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to stand up for New York’s “most vulnerable.”
“We stand behind lady liberty with open arms, to welcome immigrants and refugees,” de Blasio said earlier this week, adding he would refuse to follow Trump’s proposal to deport undocumented immigrants. “(The federal government) can threaten to take away money, but they cannot tell us how to police our streets.”
PIX11 News has created an interactive map to track reports made to police, detailed in news outlets and tracked across social media of hate crimes following Trump’s election.