Notes and spray-painted messages on doors marked a spate of hate-motivated crimes in Aurora last December.
In the weeks and months since Donald Trump was elected president, reports of hate crimes, bias and discrimination have increased across the country, data show. But there is little solid information on these events, especially of low-level complaints about bullying or harassment.
In Colorado, examples of hate crimes, bullying and intimidation reported since November include an attack on a Denver bus driver, swatiskas and anti-LGBTQ verbiage painted on a transgender woman’s car in Denver, “KKK” and other intimidating messages scrawled on a black family’s apartment door in Aurora, and vandalism at a Fort Collins mosque.
In an effort to document other incidents and tell the related stories, The Denver Post has joined ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project. The project is a joint effort among more than 70 news outlets, civil rights groups and universities across the U.S. to collect and verify reports and analyze data. ProPublica is a nonprofit, independent news organization dedicated to investigative reporting.
The Denver Post is asking residents who experience acts of hate, bias or discrimination to use an online form to report their experiences. The information will be shared with partners in the Documenting Hate project, but no one else will see the information you share without your permission.
It’s important to note that none of the partners is a law enforcement agency and filling out the form does not mean that a report to law enforcement will be made on your behalf.
To submit a report, visit http://extras.denverpost.com/documenting-hate.