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Providence mayor launches hate crime hotline

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has launched a new city telephone hotline to report acts of hate.

The Democratic mayor announced the new 24-hour hate crime hotline Wednesday at a Jewish community center for students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Elorza says anyone who has experienced bias, violence or discrimination is encouraged to call 1-877-3HCRIME, or 1-877-342-7163. They will be connected to emergency management support. Other advocates and experts will also be available depending on the needs of the caller.

The mayor’s office plans to use data compiled from the hotline for reports that will help guide police procedures.

The city’s new hotline is similar to one created in Massachusetts by Democratic state Attorney General Maura Healey in response to hate incidents after the presidential election.

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