Black Victims Underrepresented in Named Violent Crime Laws

A disparity in so-called namesake laws represents a national trend: White crime victims are much more likely to get crime bills named after them than black victims.

  • Published 3 December 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found guilty. Yet only one victim got a law with her name on it — Tokes, who was white. That disparity in so-called namesake laws represents a national trend: White… Read at AP News