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Exclusive: Asian Woman Attacked With Pepper Spray In Manhattan; Victim Believes She Was Targeted Due To Her Race

February 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Police sources tell CBS2 this crime is currently classified as an assault but not as a hate crime. The victim's attacker did not say anything to her, and the NYPD requires words to be exchanged to classify it as a hate crime.

“I felt helpless,” 30-year-old Yaeji Kim told CBS2’s Ali Bauman. READ MORE: City Leaders Hold Virtual Town Hall To Address Alarming Rise In Violence Against Asian-AmericansKim was walking home from work around 6:30 p. m. on Feb. 16 when a car pulled up beside her on West Houston by Mercer Street.

“He has the window down in the passenger seat and then just sprayed something,” Kim said.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise nationwide. READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Pushes Campaign Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, Including Financial Penalties And Potential Jail TimeIn New York City last year, there were 29, 24 of which were motivated by COVID-19.

Last summer, the NYPD designated a permanent branch of its hate crimes task force assigned solely to anti-Asian crimes.

“I’m sure I was targeted due to my race,” Kim said.

Police sources tell CBS2 this crime is currently classified as an assault but not as a hate crime.

Kim’s attacker did not say anything to her and the NYPD requires words to be exchanged to classify it as a hate crime.

“I can’t really say that they should change the policy, but I think they should consider that there are some hate crimes without verbal language,” Kim said.

Police are still looking for the suspect but so far have not made any arrests. MORE NEWS: NYC Leaders, Activists Rally Against Violent Racist Attacks On AsiansSources tell CBS2 the NYPD is leaving open the possibility that new evidence could lead them to reclassify this assault as a hate crime.

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