"My sense of security has been shattered"
An Asian father was attacked in San Francisco whilst walking his 1-year-old child.
Wishing to only be identified as Bruce, the man said he was waiting to cross the street in Mission Bay neighborhood when he was suddenly knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched.
“I was right on the ground and in that exact second I was trying to shield my head and prevent any worse injuries,” he said.
“I couldn’t protect my child. I was on the floor and he was in a stroller that was slowly rolling away, so it’s definitely very scary as a parent.”
“My sense of security has been shattered,” he added.
The attacker was later identified as Sidney Hammond, who was arrested less than a month earlier for an assault and theft in the same area.
Multiple felonies and misdemeanors are being filed against Hammond.
Bruce hopes “that my attacker can be somewhere where he can’t harm anyone else or if he needs help he can get the help he needs.”
There has been a recent rise in attacks against Asians including an Asian “anti-masker” who was stabbed and killed in Washington.
In another incident, a man who racially abused an Asian American detective is now facing a lawsuit.
A suspect was also arrested for robbing and stabbing an Asian man in San Francisco.
Another a suspect was arrested for stomping on a 61-year-old man’s head in Harlem.
Meanwhile, charges against the man who spat at and punched an 83-year-old Korean grandmother have been dropped.
Elsewhere, the president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was racially abused and physically attacked.
Most recently, three people were arrested for a burglary spree targeting 26 Asian business owners in Colorado and Wyoming in 2019.