What is a hate crime in Louisiana?

Published: Mar. 27, 2019 at 3:50 PM CDT
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Louisiana's hate crime law is detailed in Louisiana statute 14.107.2,

According to the law, a person can be charged with a hate crime if it is believed they committed one of the below-listed crimes and targeted their victim or their victim's property based on "actual or perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry." Under Louisiana law, targeting a person because he or she is a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel is also considered a hate crime. Again, the victim can't just be one of these things, the suspect needs to have targeted the victim

because of

one of these things.

Crimes which trigger Louisiana's hate crime law are:

"First or second degree murder; manslaughter; battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; terrorizing; mingling harmful substances; simple or third degree rape, forcible or second degree rape, or aggravated or first degree rape; sexual battery, second degree sexual battery; oral sexual battery; carnal knowledge of a juvenile; indecent behavior with juveniles; molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability; simple, second degree, or aggravated kidnapping; simple or aggravated arson; communicating of false information of planned arson; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property; contamination of water supplies; simple or aggravated burglary; criminal trespass; simple, first degree, or armed robbery; purse snatching; extortion; theft; desecration of graves; institutional vandalism; or assault by drive-by shooting."

If the triggering crime is a felony, the suspect will be charged with a felony hate crime. The punishment for a felony hate crime is a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 5 years in jail. For a misdemeanor, it is a fine of up to $500 and up to 6 months in jail.