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Fayetteville City Council Passes Hate Crime Ordinance

This week, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that allows the city prosecutor to add a hate crime component to certain misdemeanor offenses. City Council Member Teresa Turk sponsored the measure after spray painted hate speech was used to deface a City Council candidate's campaign sign and a mural on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Arkansas is currently one of three state's without a state hate crime law.

Kyle Kellams is KUAF's news director and host of Ozarks at Large.
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