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NYPD cop of 18 years charged with hate crime over anti-Muslim attack

  • The New York Police Department fired Riggs Kwong, an 18-year veteran, on Sept. 6 for his alleged involvement in an anti-Muslim attack earlier this year.
  • Kwong, 50, is facing multiple charges — including hate crimes — for the Jan. 16 road rage incident, which allegedly saw him pummel, spit on and use anti-Muslim language toward 32-year-old Abdul Motalab.
  • As heard in his own cellphone recording, Kwong referred to Motalab as a “terrorist,” “Mr. Mohammed, “Al Qaeda” and “ISIS” during their altercation.
  • Kwong is also accused of making a false statement in which he claimed that Motalab had thrown the first punch.
  • Motalab, who suffered minor injuries, was charged with drunk driving after reportedly admitting to having three beers before driving.

An officer who spent the last 18 years with the New York Police Department has been fired from the force due to his alleged involvement in an anti-Muslim attack earlier this year.

Riggs Kwong, 50, is facing multiple charges — including hate crimes — for the Jan. 16 road rage incident, which allegedly saw him pummel, spit on and use anti-Muslim language toward a 32-year-old man.

Teen arrested for fatally shooting 19-year-old during robbery outside a Brooklyn BJ’s store

  • Dereck Chen, 19, was fatally shot by 18-year-old Edino Tzul during a robbery outside of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 4.
  • Tzul reportedly tried to steal Chen’s backpack, but when Chen tried to fight back, Tzul opened fire, shooting Chen in the face and right shoulder.
  • Chen was rushed to the NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead.
  • Tzul was arrested shortly after the incident. He was charged with murder, six counts of robbery, four counts of criminal use of a firearm and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police have arrested the 18-year-old suspect who shot and killed another teen during a robbery outside of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Brooklyn, New York.

Dereck Chen, 19, entered an elevator leading to the parking garage of BJ’s Wholesale Club on Shore Parkway in Bath Beach at around 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 4. The suspect, Edino Tzul, reportedly tried to steal Chen’s backpack in the elevator. When the victim tried to fight back, Tzul opened fire, shooting Chen in the face and right shoulder.

Teen charged with Sikh hate crime attacks fatally stabbed in Brooklyn

  • Vernon Douglas, the 19-year-old charged in two Sikh hate crime attacks in Queens, New York, was found stabbed to death on a Brooklyn street on Thursday.
  • Investigators have not made an arrest nor publicly identified a suspect; however, police do not believe the suspect was looking to avenge the Sikh men he allegedly previously attacked.
  • Douglas was previously charged with alleged hate crimes on April 16 for attacking three Sikh men in the same Queens neighborhood in a span of nine days.
  • He allegedly punched Nirmal Singh, 70, in the face and broke his nose on April 3, and allegedly robbed and attacked two Sikh men with a wooden stick along with his accomplice Hezekiah Coleman on April 12. Both cases are still pending.

The teen charged in two Sikh hate crime attacks in Queens, New York, was found stabbed to death on a street in Brooklyn.

Vernon Douglas, 19, was found unconscious with a stab wound to the chest at 889 Rockaway Avenue just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to the New York Police Department.

‘The juice is Dynamite’: Trader Joe’s Army employees go viral for BTS-themed marketing

Trader Joe's BTS
  • A Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, New York, went viral for its BTS-themed marketing strategy after a customer shared photos of the grocery store’s product advertisements to Twitter.
  • One of the custom signs shown in the photo is placed over the ube (purple yam) products and reads, “Permission to Ube” in reference to BTS’s hit song “Permission to Dance.”
  • The customer also ended up finding the displays’ creators and credited them in the same Twitter thread. “I work at this location!” the Trader Joe’s employee responded on Twitter. “My boss is the head army at this store lol. Come through on Friday, we’ll be playing BTS music all day!”

A Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, New York, went viral for its BTS-themed marketing strategy.

A customer at the grocery store was surprised to find food displays referencing the world-renowned boy band BTS and uploaded photos of the advertisements to Twitter under the account @oq_sowoozoo on June 5.

Suspect accused of slashing Asian man during Brooklyn subway argument arrested

SLASHING VICTIM ARRESTED
  • Nicholas Martin, the 24-year-old suspect accused of hurling anti-Asian remarks and slashing an Asian man on a subway train in Brooklyn, New York, surrendered to the police on Thursday.
  • He faces two counts of assault, one of which is being charged as a hate crime.
  • Martin got into a verbal dispute with a 39-year-old Asian man riding a southbound F train approaching York Street station in Brooklyn on May 31.
  • Both men spouted racial slurs before Martin reportedly slashed the victim in the chest and neck with a knife.
  • The victim has been treated for his injuries and is now recovering.

The suspect accused of hurling anti-Asian remarks and slashing an Asian man on a subway train in Brooklyn, New York, has been arrested.

Nicholas Martin, 24, turned himself in at the 105th Precinct in Queens on Thursday. The suspect from Springfield Gardens faces two counts of assault, one of which is being charged as a hate crime.

Police release image of suspect accused of slashing Asian man in Brooklyn subway racial attack

BROOKLYN SUSPECT
  • New York police have released an image of the suspect from Tuesday’s subway attack near York Street station in Brooklyn.
  • The recent incident, which reportedly saw the suspect make an anti-Asian remark and slash the victim in the chest and neck with a knife, is now considered by the authorities as a hate crime.
  • Thursday’s surveillance image shows a man with a black long-sleeved shirt, mustard-colored pants and a dark-colored bag. Police believe he is around 25 years old.
  • The suspect has yet to be located.

New York police have released an image of the suspect from a subway slashing attack that involved an Asian victim earlier this week.

The recent incident, which reportedly saw the suspect make an anti-Asian remark, is now considered by the authorities as a hate crime. The assault occurred near York Street station in Brooklyn at around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Woman targeted man with anti-Asian insults before biting him on Brooklyn subway, say police

WOMAN BITES
  • A 65-year-old man was on a subway in Brooklyn when a woman hurled anti-Asian remarks at him before biting his back and scratching his arms at around 5:20 p.m. on Sunday.
  • The man was transported to the Interfaith Medical Center and is in stable condition.
  • The New York City Police Department’s (NYPD)Hate Crimes Task Force is currently investigating the incident. The suspect has not been arrested.
  • The NYPD released surveillance images of the suspect, asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) released surveillance images of a woman who allegedly targeted anti-Asian remarks at a man before physically attacking him on a subway in Brooklyn.

A 65-year-old man was on a southbound A train on the F line by York Street around 5:20 p.m. on Sunday when the woman began to verbally insult him, according to the police.

Photo exhibit honoring legendary Asian American photographer Corky Lee opens in New York City

CORKY LEE

When Corky Lee studied American History at Queens College in New York, the young Chinese American saw a photograph in a book that featured workers celebrating the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah. Lee was surprised to read that there were more than 12,000 workers from southern China who were employed by the Central Pacific Railroad, a U.S. railway company founded in the 1860s. ​Despite using the best magnifying glass he could find at Woolworth’s to study the black-and-white photo closely, Lee could not find a single Chinese person. 

“History — at least photographically — says that the Chinese were not present,” Lee told NPR in 2014.

Chinese American twin sisters become the first girls to reach Eagle Scout in Brooklyn

  • Identical twin sisters Selena and Alison Zhang, both 17, recently became Brooklyn's first girls and first Asian American girls to join the Eagle Scouts. 
  • The Eagle Scout title is the highest achievement in the Scouts BSA, formerly known as Boy Scouts of America. It is a widely recognized and prestigious award.
  • The twins said they have always had an affinity for the outdoor activities offered to boys such as camping, kayaking and water rafting. 
  • Both have collected more than 100 badges each and are working on a project to tackle ongoing issues of Asian hate.

Identical twin sisters Selena and Alison Zhang, both 17, became the first girls in Brooklyn to achieve the Eagle Scout rank.

Eagle Scout is globally recognized as the highest and most prestigious rank in the Scouts BSA, formerly known as Boy Scouts of America. Several prominent figures have achieved Eagle Scout, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

Chinese food delivery worker punched, robbed and shot at while dropping off order in Brooklyn

chinese food delivery worker robbery
  • A Chinese food delivery worker was reportedly punched, robbed and shot at while dropping off an order in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
  • Surveillance footage shows a pair of suspects cornering the victim at gunpoint and searching his pockets for valuables.
  • The duo took the victim’s phone, $5 in cash and the food he was supposed to deliver, according to the authorities.
  • The victim reportedly chased the suspects, and one of them opened fire in his direction.
  • No one was shot during the incident, and the victim declined medical treatment.
  • Police are still looking for the suspects, who wore hooded sweatshirts and surgical masks.

A Chinese food delivery worker was reportedly punched, robbed and shot at while dropping off an order in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The victim, 36, was in the vestibule of an apartment building on Lefferts Avenue in Crown Heights at around 9:30 p.m. when a pair of men cornered him at gunpoint.

Suspect in Brooklyn subway shooting in custody after NYPD offers $50,000 reward

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  • Frank James, the primary suspect of the subway shooting in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park on Tuesday that left at least 29 injured has been taken into custody.
  • James, 62, was born in the Bronx but moved to different locations for short periods of time, according to his sister, Catherine James Robinson.
  • In several videos uploaded to his YouTube channel, which is now defunct, James goes on rants about death, a “race war,” wanting to "exterminate" groups of people and the need for more mass shootings.
  • Officials said no explosives or weapons were discovered in the U-Haul van that was connected to the shooting.
  • The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service were involved in the search for James.

Frank James, the primary suspect of the Sunset Park subway shooting in Brooklyn on Tuesday that left at least 29 injured, including 10 commuters with gunshot wounds, has been taken into custody, according to law enforcement.

Officials said that the gun used during the shooting has been linked to the 62-year-old man and was sold to him by a licensed firearms dealer at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. A gas mask bought on eBay was also linked to James.