Philadelphia, December 8, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the City of Philadelphia will offer a reward of $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone engaged in a hate crime.
“There is no place in Philadelphia for hate crime and its perpetrators. We are a city based on a long history of diversity, religious freedom and tolerance,” Mayor Nutter said. “I’m asking Philadelphians to cooperate with our police to provide information that will help bring the disseminators of hate to justice.”
The Mayor offered the new reward category, which joins separate reward classifications for homicides and the possession of illegal guns, after participating in a news conference where he condemned a late Sunday night incident at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society mosque where someone threw a pig’s head in front of the mosque.
Joining the Mayor were Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Imam Muhammad Shahada of the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society mosque, a large group of religious and community advocates and elected officials, including Mayor-elect Jim Kenney.
“There is no place in our City for this kind of behavior. It is an ignorant act of a person or persons who are acting against all the values that we hold dear as Americans. The Philadelphia Police are actively pursuing this matter and I ask anyone with information to contact the police,” Mayor Nutter said.