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Texas woman sued by Indian American over viral racist meltdown

PLANO INCIDENT
  • The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.
  • Upton allegedly told the group to “Go back to India” and threatened to “blow your f*cking brains out.”
  • Upton was arrested the following day on charges of assault and making terroristic threats. She was ordered to be held on a $10,000 bond.
  • The plaintiff, Dr. Bidisha Rudra, is now suing Upton for compensatory and punitive damages over the “traumatic” experience.
  • Plano police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

A woman who was filmed hurling racist remarks at a group of Indian American women outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas, last month is now facing a lawsuit from one of the victims.

The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines in the 3700 block of Dallas Parkway at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Man accused of murdering his boss’s family in Texas was rejected for a job promotion, docs reveal

  • Feng Lu, 58, is facing a capital murder charge for allegedly gunning down a Chinese American family in their home in Cypress, Texas, in January 2014.
  • At the time, speculations about the gunman’s motive included the involvement of a Chinese government official, a professional assassination and a hate crime.
  • Court documents filed on Wednesday now suggest that it all boiled down to a work dispute between Lu and the father of the family, Maoye Sun, who both worked at Houston-based Cameron International Corporation.
  • At one point, Lu allegedly asked Sun to recommend him for a promotion, but the latter allegedly disagreed.
  • The documents also show conflicting statements Lu had made in police interviews, including about a missing barrel from a gun he had purchased in the month of the murder.
  • Lu is being held at San Mateo County Jail and awaiting extradition to Texas.

New court documents suggest the man accused of wiping out a Chinese American family in Cypress, Texas, in 2014 committed the crime out of professional jealousy.

Feng Lu, 58, was arrested in San Francisco after returning on a flight from China on Sunday. He was charged with capital murder for allegedly gunning down Maoye Sun, 50, his wife Mei Xie, 49, and their two sons — Titus, 9, and Timothy, 7 — in their Fosters Creek Drive home on Jan. 24, 2014.

Suspect in 2014 murder of Texas family arrested after arriving from China

  • Feng Lu, 58, has been arrested and charged with capital murder for allegedly killing a family of four in Cypress, Texas, on January 2014.
  • Maoye Sun, 50, his wife Mei Xie, 49, and their two sons — 9-year-old Titus and 7-year-old Timothy — were all found shot execution-style in their Fosters Creek Drive home.
  • The news at the time sent shockwaves across the local community and eventually made headlines in China.
  • Houston Chinese Alliance President Yingying Sun expressed relief at Lu’s arrest since they thought the case had died.
  • Lu is now waiting to be extradited to Texas.

A man accused of killing a family of four in Cypress, Texas, in 2014 has been arrested in San Francisco after arriving on a flight from China on Sunday.

Feng Lu, 58, allegedly gunned down members of the Sun family in their own home in Fosters Creek Drive, near the intersection of Telge and Huffmeister Roads, sometime on Jan. 24, 2014. Maoye Sun, 50, his wife Mei Xie, 49, and their two sons — 9-year-old Titus and 7-year-old Timothy — were all found shot in the head in different bedrooms.

Man suspected of gunning down ‘pillar’ of Dallas’ Asian community arrested

  • Markynn Dmorous West, a 28-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting Dallas business owner Jin Shin during a minor road accident on Aug. 15, was arrested on Wednesday.
  • A copy of West’s arrest warrant affidavit is still publicly unavailable, and Fort Worth police have yet to add the man’s bond to public records.
  • During the Aug. 15 incident, Shin was driving his Jeep on South University Drive in Fort Worth and got into a car crash with a sedan carrying a driver and two passengers.
  • A verbal exchange ensued between Shin and the group, and one person from the sedan reportedly called a man to serve as a “peacemaker.”
  • The man shot Shin moments later. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to reports.
  • A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help Shin’s family with funeral costs, and “any excess funds will be received by his surviving 14-year-old daughter.” The campaign has raised over $84,000 as of this writing.

A Fort Worth man suspected of gunning down an Asian American man following a road accident last month has been arrested.

Markynn Dmorous West, 28, was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder on Wednesday. The man is accused of fatally shooting Jin Shin, a 43-year-old business owner considered by many as a “pillar” of Dallas’ Asian community.

AAPI voters are suing Texas for allegedly discriminatory gerrymandering

  • A coalition of AAPI voters is suing the state of Texas for allegedly discriminatory redistricting practices which suppress the voting power of minorities.
  • The plaintiffs’ legal team is composed of civil rights organizations and attorneys who believe that the state’s redistricting practices are “the most brazen, clear case of vote dilution"
  • While critics of the lawsuit claim it is “not mathematically geographically possible” to limit racial groups into select districts in a “diverse and spread out” state, voter advocacy groups argue that the goal of the suit is not about grouping ethnic groups together, but preventing them from being deliberately split apart.
  • Because the lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial at the end of September, its verdict will not arrive on time to impact midterm elections this fall.

A coalition of AAPI voters is suing the state of Texas for allegedly suppressing the voting power of minorities through last year’s redistricting. 

Amatullah Contractor, who is among the group of plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott and Secretary of State John Scott, was recently redistricted from her diverse and liberal-leaning 7th district to the more rural and conservative 8th district when Texas legislators redrew the maps last year.

Texas woman arrested after rant toward 4 Indian American women goes viral

  • The Plano Texas Police Department arrested Esmeralda Upton, the woman who was filmed hurling racial slurs at four Indian American women in a parking lot, on Thursday.
  • The incident occurred on Wednesday after Rani Banerjee went out for dinner in Plano with three of her friends. In a Facebook post, Banerjee said Upton approached them while they were heading back to their cars.
  • In the video shared by Banerjee, Upton can be heard saying “We don’t want you here” to the women before eventually charging  at the woman filming the incident.
  • While one of Banarjee’s friends reports the incident to the authorities and calls their assailant a white woman, Upton can be heard saying, “No, I’m not white. I’m Mexican, and I paid my f*cking way here."
  • “Everywhere I f*cking go, you Indians are f*cking everywhere,” Upton can be heard saying later on in the video. “Please, I’m trying to be civil here. If life is so great in India, why the f*ck are y’all here?”
  • Upton is facing misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threats, police said in a press release. She is currently held on a $10,000 bond.

A woman from Plano, Texas, has been arrested and charged after she went viral for hurling racial slurs at four Indian American women.

The Plano Texas Police Department identified the woman in the viral video as Esmeralda Upton. She was arrested on Thursday at around 3:50 p.m. and is facing misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threats, police said in a press release. She is currently held on a $10,000 bond.

Texas man sentenced for sending anti-Asian death threat to doctor who advocates for COVID vaccine

  • Texas resident Scott Eli Harris, 52, was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for sending a threatening message to Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and CNN medical analyst known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • In his message, Harris swore by his “12 gauge” that he will never take Wen’s “wonder drug” and identified himself as “a 5th generation U.S. Army veteran and a sniper” who “can’t wait for the shooting to start.”
  • Harris’ message also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.
  • Harris’ defenders said he “sincerely apologizes” for the harm he has caused but pointed out that he was “in the throes of undiagnosed, service-related mental illness” at the time of his offense.

A Texas man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for sending a threatening message to a Maryland doctor known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.

The text message sent by Scott Eli Harris, 52, also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.

Cambodian woman acquitted of stealing $60,000 from Texas donut shop owners who trafficked her

Cambodian woman trafficked
  • Sophy Treadway, a Cambodian woman who was accused of stealing more than $60,000 from the owners of Rockport Donuts, who illegally trafficked her, was found not guilty on Aug. 17.
  • The money Treadway was accused of stealing was her tips from customers, according to Treadway’s attorney Xenos Yuen.
  • Jurors also learned that the shop’s bookkeeper was a partial owner who had no accounting experience.
  • Treadway previously filed a human trafficking lawsuit in August 2019 against the Oteros, claiming that she was forced to work at the donut shop for a salary of $75 per month.
  • The federal court sided with Treadway and awarded her $1.78 million in April.

A Cambodian woman who was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a couple who illegally trafficked her was found not guilty. 

Sophy Treadway was indicted on felony theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from Rockport Donuts owners Matthew and Sopheak Otero in Rockport City, Texas, in 2019. On Aug. 17, Treadway was found not guilty of felony theft in Aransas County. 

Man shot to death after Fort Worth car accident identified as ‘pillar’ of Dallas’ Asian community

  • The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man who was shot and killed following a minor traffic accident on South University Drive in Fort Worth, Dallas, on Monday as Chin "Jin" Shin, a 43-year-old Korean American business owner.
  • Shin, who died from gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived. Authorities ruled his death a homicide.
  • Born in South Korea, Shin immigrated to the United States in 1983 at a young age. He reportedly grew up in various parts of Louisiana and North Carolina before settling in Texas.
  • Shin was the owner of Encore Family Karaoke at Goodnight Lane in Dallas and was also the co-owner of the Dallas branch of Korean restaurant DanSungSa.
  • Peng Dang, a friend of Shin from Arlington, described the man as a “pillar" of Dallas’ Asian community.
  • A GoFundMe campaign to help with Shin's funeral expenses was created on Wednesday and has so far raised over $54,000 of its $250,000 goal.

Authorities have identified the man killed in a shooting following a minor traffic accident on South University Drive in Fort Worth, Dallas, on Monday.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Chin “Jin” Shin, a 43-year-old business owner and a “pillar” of Dallas’ Asian community, died from gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled as a homicide.

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.

Texas man sentenced to 45 years for stabbing of Burmese family in 2020

  • Jose Gomez III, 21, was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison for hate crime charges in connection with a March 2020 attack against a Burmese family in Texas.
  • The incident, which reportedly occurred at a Sam’s Club branch in Midland, saw the attacker stab a Burmese father and his 6-year-old child because he thought they were Chinese and came from “the country who started spreading that disease [COVID-19] around.”
  • A store employee who reportedly intervened with an off-duty Border Patrol agent and held Gomez down was stabbed in the process.
  • Gomez pleaded guilty to three counts of committing a hate crime in February and admitted to attempting to kill the boy.
  • After being sentenced for the federal charges, Gomez is set to face multiple state charges in connection with the attack, including assault of police officers after his arrest.

Warning: The pictures included in this article are graphic and may be disturbing to some.

A man convicted of anti-Asian hate crimes for attacking an Asian family in Texas at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison.

Sponsored ‘Asian mail-order bride’ ads removed from Austin Chronicle after sparking outrage

  • Asian mail-order bride advertisements were removed from the Austin Chronicle after sparking outrage in the Asian American community.
  • On Friday, the Austin Chronicle — a local, independent newspaper — issued a public apology stating that the “offensive sponsored post” had been removed from their website.
  • “Going forward,” they added, “we will not host any mail-order bride sponsored ads, and we will be having vigorous internal conversations about past and future sponsored posts.”
  • The Austin Chronicle is not the only newspaper to have recently featured Asian brides. Last year, SFWeekly promoted Filipino wives who “actually enjoy housework.”

Asian mail-order bride advertisements were removed from the Austin Chronicle after sparking outrage in the Asian American community.

On Friday, the Austin Chronicle, a local, independent newspaper, issued a public apology stating that the “offensive sponsored post” had been removed from their website.