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‘Hate has no place in America’: Biden meets hate crime survivors at White House summit

  • President Joe Biden met several hate crime survivors and the relatives of mass shooting victims during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
  • Among those invited was Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent attack in New York City on March 29, 2021.
  • Kari's daughter, Elizabeth, founded AAP(I belong) following the incident. The nonprofit organization was established as a “place to share stories and words of encouragement from those who have encountered anti-Asian hatred.”
  • “As President Biden and his administration are calling for an end to hate fueled violence in our country, they had asked my mom to join a panel to share her story as a survivor and her thoughts of how we can overcome hate,” Elizabeth wrote in AAP(I belong)’s recent Instagram post.

President Joe Biden recently met several hate crime survivors – including Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent incident in New York City – during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.

The recent summit was hosted to “counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety” and honor “the resilience of communities who are healing from hateful attacks, including mass shootings, from Oak Creek to Orlando, Charleston, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, and beyond,” the White House said.

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. 

Man, teen accused of Sacramento robberies targeting Asian women face hate crime enhancements

  • A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old are now facing hate crime enhancements for a string of robberies in Sacramento, California, in April and May after investigators found evidence suggesting that the pair targeted the victims “due to their race.”
  • The man was identified as Latravion Mccockran, while authorities did not release the teen's name.
  • Mccockran and the teen were accused of robbing Asian women leaving shopping centers on Stockton Blvd. Corridor. In one of the incidents, a victim told police officers that one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.
  • Authorities eventually arrested the teen in Berkeley on June 15, along with two other individuals he was with at the time who were armed with illegal handguns. Mccockran was arrested on June 22, and both suspects are still in custody as of Wednesday.
  • The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office charged both the man and the teen with robbery, with the hate crime enhancement being added to their charges on Monday.

A man and a teenager believed to be behind a string of robberies in Sacramento, California, targeting Asian women are now being accused of hate crimes.

Latravion Mccockran, 20, of Sacramento, and a 17-year-old from Berkeley are facing hate crime enhancements on top of the robbery charges filed against them following their arrest in June, the Sacramento Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday.

Man indicted for hate crimes in Dallas Korean hair salon shooting

  • Jeremy Theron Smith, 37, was indicted Tuesday on multiple counts — including hate crime enhancements — for a Korean hair salon shooting in Dallas in May.
  • Smith allegedly walked into Hair World Salon in the 2200 block of Royal Lane on May 11 and fired 13 rounds at seven people using a .22-caliber rifle.
  • Smith’s girlfriend previously told police that he had been admitted to mental health facilities for having delusions about Asians, which allegedly started after he was involved in a car crash with an Asian driver two years ago.
  • Smith remains held at the Dallas County jail on a $700,000 bail.

The man accused of firing multiple rounds at a Korean hair salon in Dallas in May has been indicted on Tuesday on several counts, including hate crime enhancements.

Jeremy Theron Smith, 37, allegedly started having delusions about Asians attacking him after he was involved in a car crash with an Asian driver two years ago, his girlfriend previously told authorities.

Transgender activist attacked in San Francisco robbery attempt says she was targeted for being Hindu

  • Anjali Rimi, president and chief executive officer of Parivar Bay Area, a San Francisco-based nonprofit supporting queer and trans South Asians, fell victim to an attempted robbery on Saturday night.
  • Rimi was crossing a street with a friend — another trans South Asian woman — when a motorcycle “suddenly revved up” and “came at us,” she told SFGate.
  • The 43-year-old sustained a hand injury in the incident, which she believes was a targeted crime because she is Hindu and was wearing a sari at the time.
  • San Francisco police, however, said they found “no indication that this was a prejudice-based incident.”

A trans Indian woman believes she was targeted for wearing a sari in an alleged attempted robbery in downtown San Francisco on Saturday night.

Anjali Rimi, president and chief executive officer of Parivar Bay Area — a local nonprofit supporting queer and trans South Asians — sustained a hand injury in the incident which involved a speeding motorcycle.

Brutal attack on Chinese man in Auckland supermarket sparks calls for stronger hate crime laws in NZ

  • A Chinese father was grocery shopping at Pak'nSave Albany in Auckland, New Zealand, when a man verbally and physically harassed him on July 24.
  • The man hurled racist remarks, including “go back to where you’re from,” according to the victim’s daughter.
  • The father was reportedly covered in egg residue and had received punches and kicks to his head, chest, stomach and lower back. He suffered multiple bruises to his head.
  • The incident has prompted Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon to call for stronger hate crime laws.
  • He said the COVID-19 pandemic brought on a “remarkable spike” in racism directed toward the Asian community in New Zealand.

The Asian community in New Zealand are calling on the government to enact stronger hate crime laws following a racially motivated attack on a Chinese father in an Auckland supermarket. 

The unidentified father was grocery shopping at Pak’nSave Albany on July 24 at around 8:30 a.m. when a man verbally and physically harassed him, reported The New Zealand Herald.

Assault on 51-year-old woman in New York sparks PH consulate call for Filipinos to report hate crimes

  • Elmer G. Cato, the Philippine Consul General in New York, called on Filipinos to immediately report hate crimes following an assault on a 51-year-old Filipino woman in Queens.
  • The Filipino woman was verbally assaulted and harassed by a homeless woman who allegedly tried to prevent her from boarding a train at the 63rd Drive Subway Station in Rego Park.
  • The recent assault is the 42nd case of a hate-related incident against a Filipino that was reported to the Philippine Consulate since last year, according to Cato.

The Philippine Consul General in New York called on Filipinos to immediately report hate crimes following an assault on a 51-year-old Filipino woman in Queens, New York City.

The victim was verbally assaulted and harassed by a homeless woman in Queens on July 16, Philippine Consul General Elmer G. Cato tweeted on Friday.

‘I hate Koreans!’: Harlem man spews anti-Asian remark and punches senior woman, 76, in the head

  • Tiffany Felder, 52, was arrested and charged with hate crime for attacking a 76-year-old Asian woman in Harlem, New York, on Wednesday.
  • Felder allegedly yelled “I hate Koreans!” as he punched the woman in the back of her head with a closed fist at around 10:45 a.m.
  • The victim reportedly refused medical treatment.

A man from East Harlem, New York, has been arrested for assaulting an Asian senior in an unprovoked attack.  

Tiffany Felder, 52, was arrested and charged with one count of assault as a hate crime for attacking a 76-year-old woman at 112th Street and Third Avenue on Wednesday morning, according to the police. 

Man accused of throwing liquid on 2 Asian women on NYC subway charged with hate crimes

  • Derrick Johnson, 40, has been charged for assaulting two women of Korean descent and hurling anti-Asian slurs at them after entering the 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center subway station in New York City on May 8.
  • Johnson is facing two counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said during Johnson’s indictment on Wednesday.
  • The man, who was accused of throwing an unknown liquid at the two women, also reportedly spat at one of them, said racially offensive remarks such as “I don’t know why you’re here” and charged at one of them.
  • “The rise of bias-driven crimes is unacceptable… We are expanding our Office’s Hate Crimes Unit to enhance these prosecutions while increasing community engagement and other preventative measures," Bragg said in a statement.

A man has been charged for assaulting two Asian women and hurling anti-Asian comments at them in a New York City subway station last May.

Derrick Johnson, 40, is facing two counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said during Johnson’s indictment on Wednesday.

Man accused of attacking Filipino American family at Hollywood drive-thru pleads not guilty

  • Nicholas Weber, the 31-year-old man accused of hurling racial slurs and attacking a Filipino American family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood on May 13, pleaded not guilty to all his charges in court on Monday.
  • Weber is facing one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of battery with hate crime enhancements for attacking the Roque family.
  • Following Weber’s plea, Judge John H. Reed of the Los Angeles Superior Court granted the Roque family’s request for a protective order, covering a five-block perimeter around their home in case Weber posts his $150,000 bail.
  • “The legal team expected the judge might release him or significantly lower the bail,” Nerissa Roque told reporters, adding that she and her daughter, Patricia, were pleased by the decision.
  • “Community pressure helps in continuing seeking justice,” Nerissa added. “But it continues to be an open case and we invite more community members, more Filipino organizations, more Asian and multi-racial organizations to continue to stand with us.”

Nicholas Weber, the man accused of hurling racial slurs and attacking a Filipino American family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood in May, has pleaded not guilty to battery charges.

Weber, 31, is facing one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of battery with hate crime enhancements for attacking the Roque family at the drive-thru on May 13. The Sylmar man, who is currently in custody at the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail, pleaded not guilty to all his charges in court on Monday.

Portland man charged for punching 5-year-old Japanese girl accused of earlier attack on Filipino woman

A man accused of punching a Japanese man and his 5-year-old daughter in Portland, Oregon, on July 2 is facing new charges over a previous alleged attack against a Filipino woman in April.

Tyra Blackmon, who lives in Bay City, Michigan, was vacationing in Portland when 34-year-old Dylan J. Kesterson allegedly attacked her so violently that he ripped strands of her hair out.

Police arrest armed man who threatened to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal outside her Seattle home

  • Seattle police arrested a 48-year-old armed man who appeared outside the house of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) and threatened to kill her.
  • A neighbor told police she heard the man yell, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.”
  • The man, who reportedly lives about half a mile from Jayapal, was ordered by a judge on Monday to be jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.
  • He is currently detained in the King County Jail awaiting the prosecutor’s criminal charges on Wednesday. There is probable cause for the man to be charged with a hate crime.

Seattle police arrested an armed man suspected of a hate crime for appearing outside the house of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) and threatening to kill her. 

The 56-year-old congresswoman called the police at 11:25 p.m. to report individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her home.