ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (REPORT) --- The state's new "" law is already being used here in Acadiana. In the last year, Louisiana became the first state to offer hate crime protections to police officers. St. Martinville Police Chief Calder Hebert hopes the law will not only save lives, but make offenders think twice before resisting arrest. "We
A hate crime is considered a much more serious offense, with considerably more serious consequences.