Councilman Wants Hate Groups Task Force To Hold 'Terrorists' Accountable

January 10, 2019 - 12:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A rise in hate crimes in the city in 2018 has led to a proposal this year to take a close look at the NYPD's policy on dealing with hate groups.

When the White Nationalist group "The Proud Boys" brawled on the streets of New York City in October, City Councilman Rory Lancman was troubled by the response, WCBS 880's Peter Hasell reported.

"Not only was no one arrested initially, but the city seemed to be completely unprepared," Lancman said.

Lancman, who wants to be the next Queens DA, is proposing a new hate groups task force. 

"Developing a plan to detect, disrupt and hold accountable white supremacists, white nationalists -- terrorists -- that's what they really are," Lancman added.

With hate crimes in the city soaring, Lancman says this needs to be a priority, Haskell reported.

The NYPD reports it's reviewing the bill.