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APNewsBreak: Sikhs added to hate crime stats

August 2, 2013 • National News


FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY STORIES – FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2012, file photo worshipers from the Sikh community gather for a candle light vigil after prayer services in Brookfield, Wis. Twelve months ago, a white supremacist walked into a the temple and opened fire on worshippers he didn’t know, killing six and devastating a Sikh community whose religion is based on peace and forgiveness. Monday is the one-year anniversary of the shooting. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will begin keeping numbers on hate crimes committed against Sikhs and six other groups, in connection with Monday’s one-year anniversary of the killing of six Sikh worshippers in Oak Creek, Wis.

Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Friday in a blog post, which The Associated Press obtained ahead of its official release. Holder said FBI Director Robert Mueller had approved a recommendation from the agency’s advisory policy board to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs, Buddhists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Login to read more

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