NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The top federal law enforcement official in Connecticut is urging people to be vigilant against hate crimes.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says people should report incidents to the police or FBI and make video recordings that can be used for investigations.
Daly says in a Thanksgiving message that the country's bedrock values, including commitment to tolerance and cultural understanding, increasingly have been giving way to hatred and bigotry in Connecticut and around the country.
She noted recent alarming incidents including swastikas painted on a Danbury house, Nazi pictures sent to a Ridgefield synagogue and a video of an individual in Ku Klux Klan garb at a bonfire in East Windsor.
She said her office is training local law enforcement officers about hate crimes laws and cultural competency.