One attack involved a bomb threat
LA Times reports that hate crimes towards Asian Americans in Los Angeles have surged during the Coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations director Robin Toma revealed that over 100 reports were filed with civic groups and police from February to April.
Toma described the incidents as “acts of hate-motivated hostility” and provided a few examples.
In one incident, Toma said a man verbally assaulted an Asian American woman walking her dog with “racial and misogynistic epithets”.
In another incident, a resident in an apartment complex tried to have an Asian tenant evicted because they assumed they had Coronavirus.
Toma also revealed that a bomb threat “targeted a major Asian American institution.”
LAPD investigated 10 hate crimes crimes from January to April and said three of them were “Covid-driven”. Only four hate crimes were reported last year over the same period.
NYPD also recently issued its latest crime report, showing that crimes against Asian Americans were on the rise in April.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey urges people to report any hate crime to authorities.
“Even though you may not know who committed the crime, even though you may not know the identity, who knows?” she said. “That incident may help us prove a crime in the future.”
In related news NBA Champion Jeremy Lin has spoken up about how Asian Americans are feeling unsafe due to Coronavirus racism.