LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2005; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 23
(Senate - February 28, 2006)

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  Mr. SMITH. Mr. President, I rise today to speak about the need for 
hate crimes legislation. Each Congress, Senator Kennedy and I introduce 
hate crimes legislation that would add new categories to current hate 
crimes law, sending a signal that violence of any kind is unacceptable 
in our society. Likewise, each Congress I have come to the floor to 
highlight a separate hate crime that has occurred in our country.
  On June 15, 2005, Dwan Prince was savagely beaten by three men as 
Prince stood outside of his apartment building in New York, NY. The 
apparent motivation for the attack was Prince's sexual orientation. 
According to police, the three attackers shouted anti-gay slurs 
throughout the attack on Prince.
  I believe that the Government's first duty is to defend its citizens, 
to defend them against the harms that are born out of hate. The Local 
Law Enforcement Enhancement Act is a symbol that can become substance. 
I believe that by passing this legislation and changing current law, we 
can change hearts and minds as well.