Florida Man Faces 30 Years for Vandalizing Asian American Family’s Vehicles, Sending Threatening Messages as Squirrel
A Daytona Beach, Fla., man is facing up to 30 years in prison after being convicted this week of vandalizing vehicles belonging to an Asian American family with racial slurs.
What he did: Kyle Christiansen, 34, spray-painted two of the family’s vehicles and placed nails in their driveway on July 29, 2020.
A Pakistani Muslim family taking an evening walk in London, Ontario, on Sunday was killed in a hit-and-run incident that local authorities believe to be hate-motivated.
The incident: Five members of the family were reportedly waiting to cross an intersection near Hyde Park Road at about 8:40 p.m. when a black pickup suddenly mounted the curb and slammed into all of them before speeding off, reported NBC News.
A man initially charged with aggravated assault for violent attacks on two Korean American sisters in Baltimore last month is now facing hate crimes charges along with attempted murder.
The incident: The suspect, identified as Darryl Doles, 50, reportedly ransacked three separate Asian-owned liquor stores in West Baltimore around midnight on May 2. In one of them, he was caught on surveillance using a concrete block to bash the heads of Hy-Shin Williams, 67, and her sister, Hye-kyong Yun, 66, reported CBS Baltimore.
A homeless man charged for sucker-punching a 55-year-old Asian woman in New York City’s Chinatown has a lengthy rap sheet, including multiple arrests for arson and assault in the past year.
The latest: Alexander Wright, 48, was charged with multiple crimes for Monday’s incident, which occurred around 6:15 p.m. on Bayard Street.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Deborah Lauter, executive director of the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC), officially launched the Partners Against the Hate (P.A.T.H.) FORWARD initiative that will help tackle hate crimes in New York City.
The initiative will consist of a partnership with six anchor organizations selected by the city to help reduce bias crimes and expand reporting and services for victims, an announcement explained on Thursday.
Vilma Kari, the 65-year-old Filipino American who was attacked in New York City on March 29, spoke out and said she prayed for her attacker, 38-year-old Brandon Elliot.
Kari’s hope for Elliot: While speaking to Good Morning America on Thursday morning, Kari said she felt that Elliot needed prayers.
POTUS Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law on Thursday, sealing its fate after bipartisan support in Congress.
Why it matters: The new law will accelerate the investigation of coronavirus-related hate crimes, which have disproportionately impacted Asian Americans in the course of the pandemic.
A man suspected of biting and severing a man’s fingertip in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan has been identified and arrested by the NYPD on Thursday morning.
The arrest: Lloyd Revell, 38, was arrested on Thursday morning for allegedly punching an Asian man multiple times and biting his hand.
The House of Representatives passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on Tuesday, bringing the legislation to POTUS Biden for his signature.
What it’s about: The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in March, aims to aggressively investigate hate crimes, which have disproportionately affected Asian Americans in the course of the pandemic.
The death of an Asian American teenager who was set on fire and burned alive in Colorado in 2017 will now be investigated as a possible hate crime by the FBI.
The details: In a statement, the federal law enforcement agency shared that it is looking into the case of 17-year-old Maggie Long as a “hate crime matter,” reported CBS4.
More than 85 Asian and LGBTQ organizations have expressed their opposition to the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, claiming that the legislation relies on “anti-Black” law enforcement responses.
The bill, which passed the Senate in April, responds to the surge in reporting of anti-Asian incidents amid the COVID-19 pandemic by mandating the “expedited review of hate crimes and reports of hate crimes.”
New York City recorded 42 anti-Asian hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021, the largest number among 16 major cities in the U.S., according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.