"Anti-hate groups from across central Indiana want to better track hate crimes in the state. The groups met at a conference Thursday to launch a hate crimes database.
Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate executive director Amy Nelson says the group launched a hate crimes database because anti-discrimination organizations worry hate crimes are underreported in the state.
'Indiana remains one of only five states without a hate crime law, so it’s a perception. People see that and think they aren’t welcome here,' Nelson says.
Rima Shahid, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, says recent events in Bloomington and Lafayette have highlighted that feeling."
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