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Ohio Democratic rep. blames white supremacy for Dallas Korean hair salon shooting

  • Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty (D, OH-3) spoke at the Capitol on Thursday, stating that “three people in a Korean-owned hair salon” were gunned by another “white supremacy replacement theorist,” when the suspect is Black.
  • Beatty, who is also chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), mistakenly blamed white supremacy for the shooting at the Dallas Korean hair salon that left three women of Korean descent wounded.
  • What Beatty did get right, however, was that the shooting was most likely a hate crime, based on police reports.
  • Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia announced on Tuesday the arrest of 36-year-old Jeremy Theron Smith, who is believed to have mental health issues.
  • According to Garcia, the gunman suffered from “panic attacks and delusions when he was around anyone of Asian descent.”

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D, OH-3) spoke at the Capitol on Thursday, stating that “three people in a Korean-owned hair salon” were gunned by another “white supremacy replacement theorist,” when the suspect is Black.  

Beatty, who is also chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, mistakenly blamed white supremacy for the shooting at the Dallas Korean hair salon that left three women of Korean descent wounded.

Suspect in California church mass shooting was motivated by hate against Taiwan, police say

  • The fatal shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Southern California is now being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday.
  • David Wenwei Chou, 68, reportedly drove all the way from Las Vegas and chained the church’s doors. He then filled the keyholes with superglue before pulling out a handgun and opening fire.
  • Dr. John Cheng, 52, tackled Chou and was fatally shot. While Chou was on the ground, other congregation members managed to hogtie him using extension cords.
  • Five Asian seniors were brought to the hospital after the shooting, while a sixth survivor sustained minor injuries.
  • Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes described the shooting as “a politically motivated hate incident, claiming that Chou, a U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, “was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan.”
  • During a news conference on Monday, Kristi Johnson, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said a federal hate crime investigation is now ongoing.

A shooting at a Southern California church that killed one person and wounded five others is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday.

The recent incident, which involved around 40 witnesses, occurred at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

AAPIs mostly likely to support recall of San Francisco DA Boudin, poll reveals

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  • San Francisco’s Asian American voters are most likely to support District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s recall, according to a new poll from The San Francisco Standard.
  • Boudin, who assumed office in 2020, is facing a recall election on June 7 over his restorative justice and “decarceration” policies, which critics say worsen crimes in the city.
  • The poll, which surveyed 1,048 registered voters, found that 67% of Asian Americans favored the recall, far higher than 52% of Hispanic voters, 51% of white voters and 34% of Black voters.
  • Asian Americans are likely frustrated with Boudin’s policies as the group saw a 567% increase in reported hate crimes from 2020 to 2021.
  • Overall, 57% of the respondents said they would vote to recall Boudin, while 22% said they would not and 21% said they were undecided.

Out of all the racial groups in San Francisco, Asian Americans are the most likely to support the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin, according to a new poll.

Boudin, who took office in January 2020, will face a recall election on June 7 after critics petitioned against his restorative justice and “decarceration” policies, which allegedly worsened crimes in the city.

New York City Council holds hearing on wave of anti-Asian hate crimes

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  • New York City Council members convened on Tuesday for a hearing to address ongoing local anti-Asian hate issues.
  • The hearing was conducted by the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights and the Committee on Public Safety.
  • According to Christopher Marte, a member who represents Chinatown and sits on the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights, the hearing questioned New York City Police Department officials and members of the city’s Commission on Human Rights.
  • Councilmember Julie Won used her time during the hearing to ask about reports that the NYPD Hate Crimes Bureau downplayed incidents of anti-Asian hate brought to them.

New York City Council members met Tuesday at a hearing to address the continuous local anti-Asian hate crimes.

The hearing, jointly conducted by the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights and the Committee on Public Safety, aimed to address “what progress, if any, has been made in regards to the city’s response to the widespread hate, and where there is room for improvement,” an email announcement said.

Cafe Maddy Cab: Program that pays cab fares for NYC AAPIs vulnerable to hate crimes relaunches

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  • Food influencer Madeline Park relaunched her Cafe Maddy Cab program on Sunday in response to the rising rate of anti-Asian hate crimes in her home city of New York.
  • “Every single time I see a headline or a video footage of [a crime], I feel a very visceral fear that it could've been me. Or my parents. Or grandparents. This is why I started the initiative in the first place,” Park tells NextShark.
  • Last year, with the help of 25 volunteers and 4,016 donors, Cafe Maddy Cab raised over $250,000 to pay for cab fares for people who are at risk of anti-Asian hate crimes, including elderly populations, women and LGBTQ-plus individuals.

Food influencer Madeline Park relaunched her Cafe Maddy Cab program on Sunday to raise funds for anti-Asian hate crime prevention.

In April 2021, the Korean American content creator developed Cafe Maddy Cab on Instagram to pay for cab fares for people who were at risk of being targeted by anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City, including seniors, women and LGBTQ-plus individuals. With a team of 25 volunteers and in collaboration with former tech company Stimulus, they raised $100,00 overnight and another $150,000 over the next three months from 4,016 donors. Cafe Maddy Cab also received support from Lyft and Uber to pay for 7,842 cab fares. 

NYC repeat offender who hit Asian man with a hammer indicted on hate crime charges

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  • Christian Jeffers, 48, was indicted on hate crime charges in connection with a violent attack against an Asian man on March 8, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
  • The incident, which occurred on a Chelsea subway platform, allegedly saw Jeffers strike the 29-year-old victim with a hammer after they bumped into each other and got into an argument.
  • Before whacking the victim, Jeffers allegedly told him, “You can’t see me? You don’t have eyes?”
  • While being arrested, Jeffers allegedly used racial slurs against Asian and Hispanic officers and threatened to go on a killing spree.
  • Jeffers was reported to have 52 prior arrests and was most recently released on parole last June.

A suspect accused of striking an Asian man with a hammer on a Manhattan subway platform on March 8 has been indicted on hate crime charges, the District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

Christian Jeffers, 48, who identifies as a woman, was arrested a day after the incident had occurred on the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line in Chelsea.

NYPD data: 32 percent drop in reported anti-Asian hate crimes in 2022

  • Newly released data from the New York City Police Department shows that reported hate crimes against Asians have decreased from this time last year across New York City.
  • There were 32 reported hate crimes against Asians from January 1 through April 10 of 2022, which marks a 32% drop from last year’s reports of 47 anti-Asian hate crimes during the same period.
  • The data shows that crimes against Jewish people have increased by 207% and crimes against Black people are also up by 100%.
  • The law enforcement agency reported an overall 76% increase in total reported hate crimes in New York City this year, with 194 cases compared to 110 from the same time frame in 2021.
  • The numbers are still subject to change as there are bias cases that are currently under investigation.

Data released by the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force shows that reported hate crimes against Asians have so far decreased this year compared to the same time period last year.

From Jan. 1 through April 10 of 2022, 32 hate crimes against Asians were reported to the NYPD. This marks a 32% drop from last year’s report of 47 anti-Asian hate crimes reported during the same time period. 

NYC man who attacked 7 Asian women in 3 hours charged with hate crimes

  • Steven Zajonc, 28, has been indicted on felony and misdemeanor hate crime charges for attacking seven Asian women on Feb. 27, Manhattan prosecutors said on Monday.
  • The attacks reportedly began at around 6:30 p.m. near Madison Avenue and East 30th Street in Midtown and ended near Broadway and East 8th Street between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • During his anti-Asian spree, Zajonc either punched, elbowed or shoved his victims, all of whom sustained injuries, according to reports.
  • Zajonc’s mother claimed that he has struggled with mental health issues for years and was committed under Florida’s Mental Health Act of 1971.
  • He is being held on Rikers Island on a $50,000 bond and will return to court on July 18.

A man accused of assaulting seven Asian women in Manhattan in late February has been indicted on felony and misdemeanor hate crime charges, the District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.

Steven Zajonc, 28, made national headlines over a series of unprovoked attacks on Feb. 27, which left all seven victims injured. He struck his first victim at around 6:30 p.m. near Madison Avenue and East 30th Street in Midtown, and his final attack occurred near Broadway and East 8th Street between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m, according to reports.

Head of NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force reassigned amid complaints about treatment of Asian victims

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  • Jessica Corey, head of the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, was reassigned on Wednesday.
  • The move came a day after an alleged incident involving mistreatment of an Asian American attack victim was brought to the attention of Mayor Eric Adams.
  • In response, Adams said he does not want a leader who starts an investigation by ruling out the possibility of a hate crime.
  • In a statement, the NYPD claimed that the reassignment had nothing to do with the incident, saying it was just part of a routine reshuffling.

Amid heightened public scrutiny over New York’s public safety measures, in part arising from persistent attacks on Asian Americans, Inspector Jessica Corey, head of the local Hate Crimes Task Force, was reportedly reassigned on Wednesday.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) reportedly described the move, which coincides with the reassignment of Deputy Inspector Michael King, head of the Special Victims Division, as part of a routine reshuffling; however, it also comes a day after a Korean American victim accused Corey of mishandling her case.

SF officials vow to increase law enforcement after new data shows 567% increase in anti-AAPI crimes

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  • San Francisco city officials say that they are increasing security and community support after a new report revealed hate crimes targeting AAPIs in the city jumped 567 percent in the last year.
  • Preliminary police data showed that 60 hate crimes were reported in San Francisco last year compared to nine in 2020 and eight in 2019.
  • Scott and Mayor London Breed reassured the community that law enforcement would be available during Lunar New Year celebrations.
  • The report also included data on anti-Black, LGBTQ plus and Jewish hate crimes in the last year.

San Francisco city officials say that they are ramping up security and community support after a new report revealed hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) increased by 567 percent across the city in the last year.

Preliminary police data showed that 60 hate crimes occurred in San Francisco last year compared to nine in 2020 and eight in 2019.

San Jose robbery crew suspects charged with hate crimes for targeting over 100 Asian American women

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Six men were arrested and charged with hate crimes for their alleged involvement in more than 70 cases of violent robberies, burglaries and thefts that have targeted over 100 Asian American women in the San Francisco Bay Area since last year, the San Jose Police Department announced on Wednesday.

What they did: The crime spree occurred between October 2020 and September 2021, police said. The suspects, all aged between 20 and 30, are believed to be part of a “prolific robbery crew” that primarily targeted Asian females, many of whom were injured during the attacks.

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

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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.

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