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Hate crimes forum set for Monday in Iowa City

Panel includes NAACP, law enforcement representatives

Betty Andrews, state director of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, speaks during an October visit to Cedar Rapids. Andrews will be speaking at a Monday forum about hate crimes in Iowa City. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Betty Andrews, state director of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, speaks during an October visit to Cedar Rapids. Andrews will be speaking at a Monday forum about hate crimes in Iowa City. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Residents will have a chance to ask law enforcement representatives about hate crimes in Iowa City on Monday.

The Iowa City branch of the NAACP has partnered with local law enforcement agencies in presenting the forum, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Center, room 2520D, 200 S. Capitol St.

Topics will include hate-related crimes, hate crime laws and protocols for reporting them, according to a city news release.

Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton and NAACP Iowa-Nebraska State Director Betty Andrews are to deliver opening remarks.

Panelists will include officials from the Iowa City and University of Iowa police, FBI, Johnson County Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office and NAACP.

Organizers ask that attendees RSVP to the Facebook event, called “Community Forum on Hate Crimes.”

Parking is available at the Capitol Street parking garage, adjacent to the Old Capitol Town Centre.

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