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Hobbs Crime Stoppers to Receive $10,000 to Help Solve Hate-Based, Discriminatory Crimes

Hobbs is making moves to prevent future hate crimes. Crime Stoppers will receive $10,000 dedicated to solving discriminatory crimes.

That's after criminals vandalized a center where the directors are African American.

On Monday, the Hobbs City Commission passed a resolution aimed at solving discrimination-based crimes and hate crimes, highlighting the city's existing zero tolerance policy.

"It's really a reaffirmation of the way the citizens of Hobbs feel about these types of things," said Mayor of Hobbs, Sam Cobb.

$10,000 will be given to Crime Stoppers to reward residents who help make arrests in these cases. $2,500 per crime with no trace of caller ID.

"In order to put some teeth in it, so people that maybe wanted to go out and create some mischief, we thought funding the Crime Stoppers would let people know that you better think twice about doing that because your friend that's with you. For $2,500, he may be willing to turn you in," said Cobb.

There isn't a heavy presence of hate-based or discriminatory crimes in Hobbs. The last incident happened on May 18 when criminals vandalized the Center for the Arts with offensive language against African Americans.

"This is the incident that occurred that got this to go in the direction that it's going," said President of the Hobbs NAACP, Joseph Cotton.

Cotton helped develop the resolution with the mayor and city attorney. He says little things make bigger things happen, and with the added cash, it shows they mean business.

"We're not going to change the minds of people. People are going to hate, they're gonna dislike, but that's them. I think communities, when they let you know, whatever you do in your home that's your business, but when you bring it out and you engage others in it, it becomes a community problem," said Cotton.

In light of the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, Cotton adds that rather than putting the blame on a specific group based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion, the responsibility lies on the community.

"Sometimes when things happen in a community, it's not a black issue or white issue or Hispanic issue. It's a community issue because it affects the entire community. So we have to address it as a community," said Cotton.

The Hobbs Crime Stoppers can be reached at 575-393-8005. Remember, you could land yourself $2,500.

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