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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.

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. 

Veteran NYPD sergeant pleads guilty for punching two homeless men in police custody

NYPD officer pleads guilty
  • Sgt. Phillip Wong, the veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant who allegedly punched two homeless men on two separate occasions in 2019 and 2020, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and third-degree attempted assault charges on Wednesday.
  • “Law enforcement officials are sworn to serve and protect their communities, including New Yorkers in their custody,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said during Wong’s hearing. “In this case, Sgt. Wong violated not only his oath – but the law – during the violent arrests of two New Yorkers, on two separate occasions.”
  • The first incident occurred on Oct. 4, 2019, inside NYPD Transit District 3 in Hamilton Heights. The second incident occurred on April 29, 2020, at the West 96th Street and Broadway subway station.
  • Wong, who joined the force in 2006, was slapped with a two-year probation, ordered to complete 70 hours of community service and told to undertake anger management or other counseling.

A veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant has pleaded guilty for punching two homeless men on two separate occasions in 2019 and 2020.

Sgt. Phillip Wong pleaded guilty at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday. He admitted to assaulting the first man, who was in police custody, and the second man, who was at the platform of West 96th Street and Broadway subway station.

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

Jessica Corey
  • 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.

Rookie Officer Sumit Sulan hailed a hero for taking down gunman who fatally shot NYPD cops

Deadly NYC shootout
  • New York Police Department rookie Officer Sumit Sulan shot Lawshawn McNeil during a deadly domestic dispute call in Harlem on Jan. 21.
  • McNeil allegedly shot and killed NYPD Officers Jason Rivera, who died at the scene, and Wilbert Mora, who succumbed to his injuries days later.

A rookie Indian American New York Police Department (NYPD) officer is being hailed a hero for shooting the man who killed two fellow officers during a deadly domestic dispute call in Harlem nearly two weeks ago.

Officer Sumit Sulan, an NYPD officer who was only two weeks into the force, responded to a domestic dispute call in Harlem on Jan. 21 with fellow Officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera, another rookie, CBS New York reported.

Man who hurled racial slurs at Asian police officer threatens to ‘f*ck up’ next police funeral

Man threatens NYPD police funeral
  • Terrell Harper, 39, threatened the NYPD via Instagram Stories and said that he would "f*ck up" the “next cop funeral.”
  • Harper posted the story on Saturday – one day after Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was laid to rest.
  • Rivera and his partner, Wilbert Mora, 27, died after being shot during a domestic violence call in the Bronx on Jan. 21.
  • Last year, Harper was sued by NYPD Detective Vincent Chung for hurling racial slurs at him during a social justice protest in New York in March.

The man who was filmed hurling racial slurs at an Asian NYPD detective last year has allegedly threatened the city’s police department, claiming he will “f*ck up” the “next cop funeral.”

Terrell Harper, 39, made the threatening remarks in several private Instagram Stories on Saturday – a day after officer Jason Rivera, 22, was laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, according to the New York Post.

Teen arrested for allegedly participating in group attack on Asian man in NYC

  • Jordan McNamara, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, was arrested on Friday for allegedly participating in a group attack against a 30-year-old Asian man in New York City last year. 
  • The suspect was not charged with a hate crime. 
  • Authorities are currently seeking one of the other suspects related to the crime. 

A teenage suspect was arrested for his alleged involvement in an anti-Asian group attack against a 30-year-old man in Midtown, New York City, in October 2021.

The 18-year-old suspect Jordan McNamara from Manhattan was arrested on Jan. 14 over the brutal attack that happened at 303 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Oct. 23 last year.

Decorated NYPD officer charged with murder after fatally shooting ex-GF’s new lover

NYPD officer murdered ex new girlfriend

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer caught in a deadly love triangle has been charged with murder after allegedly killing her ex-girlfriend’s new lover on Wednesday.

What happened: Yvonne Wu, 31, who works at the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, allegedly broke into the Bensonhurst home of her ex-girlfriend, Jenny Li, before shooting her and her new lover, Jamie Liang. Wu and Li reportedly dated for two years until they broke up three weeks ago.

NYPD launches hate crime investigation into unidentified man who spat, hurled racial slurs at Asian woman

NYPD launches investigation

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the case of a man who spat and hurled racial slurs at an Asian woman in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday as a hate crime.

What happened: The 34-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was walking on West 40th Street when the unidentified man approached and spat on her, according to WCBS 880. The suspect also hurled anti-Asian slurs at the victim before fleeing eastbound on West 40th Street.

NYPD sergeant charged after allegedly assaulting suspects who called him anti-Asian slurs

A New York Police Department sergeant is facing charges after allegedly assaulting two suspects who lashed out at police in the last two years.

Incident 1: The first incident occurred on Oct. 4, 2019, according to court documents. Sgt. Phillip Wong, who was assigned to Transit District 3 in Hamilton Heights at the time, allegedly punched a 48-year-old man in his holding cell.

NYPD, FBI join forces to fight Asian hate in new campaign

The New York Police Department (NYPD) and FBI have launched a joint public service announcement to encourage the reporting of potential anti-Asian hate crimes.

What to know: Of all individuals targeted for their race, religion, gender and sexual orientation in New York City, Asian Americans saw the largest spike in hate crimes in the first half of the year. A total of 104 cases in 2021 were documented as of July 4, a 395% increase from last year’s 21 incidents.

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