State and local law enforcement leaders will be on hand Tuesday night for a conversation on hate crimes in the Lowcountry. Hosted by The Alliance for Full Acceptance and SC Equality, U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles will headline a conversation about what to do when faced with a hate crime.

Regardless of the political arguments these days about special rights, the reality is that there are gay and lesbian citizens who are weary of reporting incidents or providing details to police. That hampers the ability of local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes.

Other guests are expected to include North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumwalt, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, FBI Special Agent Brian Womble, and Asst. U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation to begin at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.