Northeast Ohio groups fight the rise in hate crimes

Northeast Ohio groups fight the rise in hate crimes

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In the wake of the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, those in Northeast Ohio who are committed to fighting hate are sharing their reactions after ten people were killed at a grocery store on Saturday.

“This was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “It was [a] straight up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community, outside of the City of Good Neighbors, as the mayor said, coming into our community and trying to inflict that evil upon us.”

In total, 13 people were shot, 11 of whom were Black. 10 people died. Officials said that the 18-year-old white suspected shooter traveled to the community specifically because of its Black population.

"This was, no other way to describe it, white supremacy terrorism,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “It's racism, it's hatred, and it stops right here in Buffalo. This is the last stop you're going to have because we're coming after you."

James Pasch, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said there has been an increase in hate crimes across the country and in Northeast Ohio.

“Make no mistake that the hateful, racist, and anti-Semitic bile that is traveling across this country has inspired the shooters from Pittsburgh to Poway to the Walmart in El Paso, and now to the grocery store in Buffalo,” Pasch said, referencing other mass shooting events. “It’s an unmistakable trend and there is this through line of hate and racism and anti-Semitism that connects all of those events.”

Officials are looking into an alleged manifesto supposedly written by the suspected shooter. Pasch said it references an ideology called the “Great Replacement Theory.”