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Report: Anti-AAPI hate crimes in Orange County continued to surge in 2021

  • According to a new report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the county recorded 398 hate crimes and incidents in 2021, a 6% increase from the 375 hate incidents in 2020.
  • Hate crimes against Asian/Pacific Islander victims in 2021 registered a 43% increase from the year before, while hate incidents against the group saw a 164% increase from 2020.
  • The 22 recorded hate crimes against LGBTQ-plus people in 2021 registered an 83% spike from the previous year.
  • A state attorney general’s report released earlier this year revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes rose across California in 2021 to about 177% from 2020, the worst level since the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Racially charged hate crimes and incidents in Orange County, California, saw a significant increase last year, a new report from the OC Human Relations Commission revealed. 

In 2021, the county recorded 97 hate crimes and 301 incidents that failed to get criminal charges. While there were more hate crimes reported in the county in 2020 at 112, there were fewer incidents at 263. 

Orange County NAACP president resigns citing alleged anti-Asian racism

  • Dr. Vanessa Toolsie, president of the Orange County branch of the NAACP, announced her resignation on Sunday via Facebook post, alleging anti-Asian racism from the organization.
  • At the helm for only six months, Toolsie cited internal sabotage in the form of neglected emails and deliberate misinformation, exclusion from their annual gala and repeated attacks regarding her Indian heritage in meetings and emails as main issues.
  • John Cummings, communication, press and publicity chairperson for the branch, responded by saying they were “concerned about this person and the charges that were made,” and that they “don’t want to overlook or dehumanize or, in any way, cause anybody problems or concern intentionally or unintentionally,”
  • Toolsie first joined the organization as a volunteer before working her way up the leadership ladder, helping helm initiatives such as the creation of a liaison program between the AAPI community and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The president of the Orange County branch of the NAACP announced her resignation on Sunday in a Facebook post, accusing the organization of anti-Asian racism.

Dr. Vanessa Toolsie, the first South Asian leader of the organization, held the post for less than six months. She was first elected as vice president in 2021. 

Orange County meal prep business owner and daughter disables alleged thief with a table

  • Chef Carol Garnier and her daughter Mary Dao successfully thwarted a man who allegedly tried to steal from their meal prep business in Westminster, California, on Sunday.
  • Surveillance video obtained by ABC7 News shows the moment the alleged thief entered Prepped With Love and headed straight for their fridges.
  • The mother-and-daughter duo are seen springing into action, pulling a large table to corner the man and preventing him from advancing behind the counter.
  • Police reportedly described the man as a known transient.

A chef and her daughter running a meal prep business in Westminster, California, successfully thwarted an alleged thief with a large table on Sunday.

Chef Carol Garnier, who owns Prepped With Love at 14250 Beach Boulevard, said the man entered their business at around 7:45 p.m., just after the last customer left.

Orange County woman who experienced anti-Asian hate at a Halsey concert speaks up

  • Catt Phan, 26, and her friend were at a Halsey concert in Irvine, California, when another group of concert-goers allegedly dumped a drink on them and spewed anti-Asian comments on July 9.
  • “F*ck those Asian b*tches. Don’t let them ruin our night. They don’t belong here anyways,” a woman from the group allegedly said.
  • Phan, who was disappointed that bystanders and security guards at the concert had done nothing to help her and her friend, shared the incident on social media.
  • Although two representatives from Live Nation, the company that managed Halsey’s concert, personally apologized to Phan, she specifically hopes for more policy actions.
  • Phan recommends Live Nation and the FivePoint Amphitheatre staff go through bystander intervention and cultural competency training as well as anti-racist educational workshops to better recognize and handle belligerent guests and hate incidents.

An Asian woman who experienced an anti-Asian hate incident at a Halsey concert in Irvine, California, has shared her story.

Catt Phan, 26, and her friend were at a Halsey concert at the FivePoint Amphitheatre when she says another group of concertgoers allegedly dumped a drink on them and spewed anti-Asian comments on July 9. 

Orange County doctor John Cheng remembered for his heroism at Taiwanese church shooting

  • John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, was brutally shot during a mass shooting at a Laguna Woods church on Sunday.
  • He was hailed as a hero for intervening and tackling the gunman, 68-year-old David Chou.
  • Cheng’s quick actions allowed some congregants to step in and hogtie the suspect. He was reportedly shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The shooting, which was described as a “politically-motivated hate incident” by officials, is currently being investigated as a hate crime.
  • Chou is being held on a $1 million bail at the Orange County Intake Release Center.

A doctor in Orange County, California, who was brutally shot during a mass shooting at a Laguna Woods church on Sunday was hailed as a hero for intervening and stopping the gunman.

John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, immediately sprang into action to tackle the gunman, 68-year-old David Chou, before attempting to disarm him on Sunday.

Anti-Asian hate incidents spike by 1,800% in Orange County

Orange County hate spike

Anti-Asian hate incidents — attacks that do not rise to the level of a hate crime — have increased in 2020 by a whopping 1,800% in California’s Orange County, according to a new report from the nonprofit Orange County Human Relations Commission.

Driving the surge: For the past decade, the county logged only four to five incidents against Asian Americans each year, according to Nhi Nguyen, the commission’s hate crime prevention coordinator. However, 2020 saw a total of 76 incidents against the community, a surge attributed to the growth of anti-Asian sentiment around COVID-19.

Orange County Woman Known For Infectious Laugh Among the 59 Killed in Las Vegas Massacre

Orange County resident Teresa Nicol Kimura, one of the 59 people killed in the brutal shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, will be remembered by her loved ones mostly for her charismatic personality.

Known by friends as a fun-spirited woman with an infectious laugh, the 38-year-old victim from Placentia was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas strip when bullets start raining from above, according to the OC Register