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Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime

Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake police are investigating the painting of a swastika on a door of a car belonging to a Jewish family.

Police have NOT released victim's name or address, and officials say they have NO suspects in the hate crime.

But the vandalism involving the swastika -- the symbol of the German Nazi party -- is leading a Utah lawmaker to renew his effort to introduce a hate crimes law in the state.

Democratic state Representative David Litvack will try today to get the backing of the Utah Sentencing Commission for such a bill.

The legislation would establish a penalty enhancement of one step for bias crimes.

Police and prosecutors have supported it, but getting the backing of the mostly conservative Legislature has been tougher.

Most objection is because of the list group classifications included in the bill that would enhance penalties. Those include age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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