New York, NY, May 22, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today released the following statement on the tragic stabbing of Richard Collins III that took place at the University of Maryland (UMD):
“The murder of Richard Collins III at UMD is appalling and deeply disturbing,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We have fought for hate crimes legislation and tracked hate crimes for decades, and from what we know about this incident, it appears to be a hate crime and should be investigated as such.
“ADL has communicated that to local law enforcement and the FBI,” Mr. Greenblatt said. “We also have reached out to the University of Maryland and President Loh to support their handling of this incident, and offer any assistance. We also offer our deep condolences to Mr. Collins’ family and to his community of friends at Bowie State University.”
Working with more than three dozen national community partners, ADL, in 2015, initiated the #50StatesAgainstHate Campaign, designed to improve hate crime training and response in as many states as possible. The campaign seeks to enact hate crime laws in the five states without them now -- Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Wyoming – and to improve police policies and procedures and to promote increased reporting, training, and education. Improving the policy and response by officials helps to empower victims to report hate crimes and helps ensure that they get the services they need and deserve.