This week on Episode 39 of Mitchell Talks the News 9 Sessions, Aaron Brilbeck talks with Pottawatomie and Lincoln County District Attorney Allan Grubb and Sen. Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee) about making hate crimes a felony instead of a misdemeanor in Oklahoma.

This month, two white men were charged with beating two black men near a Shawnee bar. The attackers could be heard shouting racial slurs in a security video of the incident.

Grubb said he was surprised to learn, under state law, hate crimes are just a misdemeanor for the first offense. Sharp agrees the penalties should be stronger, but said with the passage of State Questions 780 and 780, reducing penalties for some crimes to reduce the prison population; increasing penalties on hate crimes could be a hard sell.

See the full interview on Episode 39 of Mitchell Talks the News 9 Sessions.