Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced the beginning of a particular task force, stating through a news conference at Oakland's Chinatown Monday the"rapid growth in criminal acts aimed against members of the Asian community, especially Chinese Americans, who reside and work in Alameda County, is excruciating."
"It is not particular to Chinatown or into the Asian community that the growth in offense we have seen throughout the city and throughout the country, but we've observed in the past several months and month an extremely specific increase in offenses perpetrated against Asians," O'Malley said. "To be calling it'native virus,' things like this, that fuels hate and fuels aggression and that aggression and hate ends in many occasions -- sometimes it is words -- but a great deal of times it is through committing attack or other sorts of crimes."
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly clarified the coronavirus or COVID-19 since the"Chinese army," a reference to its epidemic by Wuhan, China.
Asked if Biden has observed recent movies from Oakland,'' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing Monday that she wasn't aware if the president has seen the movies, but"he's concerned about the discrimination againstthe action contrary to the Asian American community, that explains why he signed the executive order and also he's been vocal in creating clear that strikes, verbal attacks, any strikes of any sort, are unacceptable and we must work together to address them."
John C. Yang, the president and executive director of the civil rights firm Asian Americans Advancing Justice, maintained in the press conference at Oakland Monday that there's been a increase in anti-Asian attacks within the last year, however there's restricted crime statistics demonstrating the tendency because people are frightened to come forward to report the crimes.
"It is absolutely awful, and sadly this is a trend we have seen over last year related to anti-Asian violence, and lots of it coming from rhetoric that we've observed associated with the coronavirus," Yang explained.
O'Malley's office billed 28-year-old Yahya Muslim with attack and great bodily harm to shoving a 91-year-old guy into the floor at 8th and Harrison streets on Jan. 31. Muslim had two previous assault convictions, prosecutors said.
Video released by authorities also revealed he afterwards approached a 60-year-old guy and 55-year-old girl on precisely the exact same road and pushed them behind as they had been walking. These three victims received medical care at local hospital for their injuries.
Another surveillance movie within a convenience store revealed a defendant identified by authorities as 22-year-old Deveion Lamont Byrd walking behind an 80-year-old girl before catching two $100 bills from her palms as she moved to cover the register and running away.
A number of assaults caught on camera moved viral on social networking, and celebrities Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu were offering a $25,000 reward for information resulting in an arrest and conviction.
"To need to consider something like this happening to my dad is simply unthinkable."
"Racist rhetoric in the pandemic has directed us being the motive of this coronavirus," he continued. Outside of San Franciscoin LA, in New York, those incidents are occurring throughout the nation."
An older man from Thailand was targeted at a different startling attack that went viral on societal media following occurring in broad daylight in San Francisco's Anza Vista area on Jan. 28. An neighbor's surveillance camera captured the minutes a guy suddenly ran toward 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee standing out his garage, violently knocking him to the floor before walking away.
Ratanapakdee expired at the hospital 2 weeks after. His loved ones advised KTVU Fox 2 they believe the assault was racially motivated and can be connected to attribute put on Asians for its pandemic.
The murder of Ratanapakdee"was particularly debilitating to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, that was victimized by several episodes of violence, hatred and racism because the onset of the pandemic," the district attorney's office said.
"This is a horrific, senseless assault, and that I send my deepest condolences to the Ratanapakdee household with this unthinkable annoyance," Boudin inserted at a announcement . "My heart goes out to the total AAPI community for the injury and fear that this disaster has inflicted."
The strikes were spotlighted on social websites by activist Amanda Nguyen. She highlighted an assault against Noel Quintana, a 61-year-old Filipino guy who had been slashed in the face in a confrontation with a nyc subway on Feb. 3.
NYPD continues to look for the assailant, however, up to now, officials haven't cited race as a element in the assault.