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Go to:You’ve probably seen the hate crime headlines in recent weeks: A possible noose found at the Sonoma Raceway.

Firstly, authorities will treat a hate crime differently than a hate incident.

The legal distinction between a hate crime and a hate incident determines if police can conduct an investigation and charge the perpetrator — for a hate incident, they can’t — but it can be tricky to distinguish the two.

A hate crime is committed when an act that is illegal under the law is motivated by bias toward a specific group, such as on the basis of:Race or colorNational originReligionSexual orientationGender or gender identityDisabilityIf the action or speech in question threatens a person or property, that’s a telltale sign it’s a hate crime.

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