NYPD investigating attacks on Asian Americans as potential hate or bias crimes
March 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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NEW YORK, March 20, 2021 -- Demonstrators make signs during a protest against Asian hate on Times Square in New York, the United States, March 20, 2021. Eight people, six of whom were Asian and two were white, were killed in three shooting incidents in the Atlanta area by a suspect this week. The attacks came amid a troubling spike in violence against the Asian American community during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Michael Nagle via Getty Images)
At least three incidents Sunday involving physical assaults against Asian Americans are being investigated as possible hate or bias crimes, NYPD spokesmen told CNN on Monday.
(CNN)At least three incidents Sunday involving physical assaults against Asian Americans are being investigated as possible hate or bias crimes, NYPD spokesmen told CNN on Monday.
They come on the heels of an alleged subway assault on Friday in which an eyewitness said the Asian victim was struck simply for who he was.
One of Sunday's alleged assaults left a 54-year-old Asian woman hospitalized, a police spokesman said.
In another incident, a woman allegedly grabbed a 41-year-old Asian woman from behind and threw her to the ground, yelling at her in Spanish, a police spokesman said.
The NYPD said it is looking into a third incident in which a 37-year-old woman was on her way to an anti-Asian violence protest when a man -- who has not yet been identified -- allegedly took her protest sign and, after attempting to place it in a garbage bin, threw it on the ground and stomped on it.
The three incidents came after an assault on Friday in which a 68-year-old Asian man on a subway was struck in an unprovoked attack, according to authorities.
While Detective Hubert Reyes said that Mathieu was preliminarily charged with "assault as a hate crime," prosecutors are still investigating if the case is a hate crime, the district attorney's office says.