New bill could make church burglary a hate crime

| March 21, 2011

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) – A state lawmaker is looking to pass a bill that would make burglaries or other criminal mischief on religious property a hate crime in Alabama.

Lineville Senator Gerald Dial wants to make criminal acts against a church classified at hate crimes, and therefore, felonies.

"We hope this is a deterrent for people to rob," Dial said. "They take copper and sound equipment. We just hope this will protect people in the rural area from doing that."

Other lawmakers agree with Dial's approach. District Attorney Michael Jackson saw five church fires in Bibb County in 1996, and he welcomes the crackdown.

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