NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be in Norfolk on Thursday to meet with members of the community ahead of an upcoming legislative session.
Herring will be at the Muslim Community of Tidewater to host a roundtable discussion about the rise in hate crimes and white supremacist violence.
He’s introduced six bills to fight back against hate crimes, one of them aims to protect people with disabilities.
Last year, there were more than 200 hate crimes reported to Virginia State Police.
“Disability” isn’t currently included in Virginia state law, but Herring wants to get it added to the definition of a hate crime.
Herring said his proposal would create more power for law enforcement to identify hate groups and step in before they commit violence. The measures would also bar anyone convicted of a hate crime from possessing a gun.
10 On Your Side plans to be there for Herring’s visit.