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Meeting aims to combat hate crimes

In the last month, 2 men have been arrested on hate-crime charges in Madison

MADISON, Wis. - A special meeting was held Thursday aimed at combating hate crimes.

Hate-crimes experts, community leaders and U.S. Attorney James Santelle took part in a series of panel discussions aimed at ending such crimes.

The Federal Commission on Civil Rights requested that the Wisconsin State Advisory Committee take a closer look at the issue in the wake of last year's Sikh Temple shooting.

"Hate-crime laws are not intended to examine the type of person a particular perpetrator is. The investigation is about whether the perpetrator intentionally targeted the victim based on one of those protected characteristics," said Miriam Zeidman, with the Midwest Civil Rights Counsel.

In the last month, two men were arrested for an alleged hate crime in Madison.

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