U.S Commission on Civil Rights meets to gather hate crime data

People from around the state share stories with the Wyoming Advisory Committee

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) The state of Wyoming doesn’t have a law for law enforcement to specify motives as hate crimes. A group met in Casper on Nov. 1 to collect data from people who feel they are victims of hate crimes.

The Wyoming state advisory Committee of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights will compile all of the data in a report for the public or Wyoming officials to use.

“I hope our state officials read it,” said Robert Byrd, Chairman of the Wyoming Advisory Committee.

The report will be submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Byrd says they’re not trying to get a bill passed for law enforcement to document hate crimes.

“We don’t lean one way or another. Wyoming needs a hate crime bill, but that's not our mission,” Byrd said. “We're bi-partisan were fact-finding and gathering information and we will report it,” he said.
Byrd adds that he hopes the report will be a great tool for Wyoming officials to use for change in the future.