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Undercover NYPD officer arrests woman who allegedly yelled anti-Asian slurs and threatened violence

April 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An undercover officer with the New York Police Department arrested a woman yelling anti-Asian slurs at a Chinatown nail salon, according to city officials.

New York (CNN)An undercover officer with the New York Police Department arrested a woman yelling anti-Asian slurs at a Chinatown nail salon, according to city officials.

Sharon Williams, 50, allegedly went into the nail salon Tuesday afternoon and is accused of making anti-Asian statements and having "physically threatened people inside," said NYPD spokesperson Det. Denise Moroney.

Williams then went outside the salon and allegedly started yelling and threatening violence against an Asian woman, police said.

A complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office clarified that the woman who was harassed outside was an undercover officer and ended up arresting Williams.

The arrest was the first since the department began an initiative at the end of March deploying undercover officers to combat the increase of anti-Asian violence, the NYPD said in a tweet.

"Yesterday, one of those officers was able to step in & make an arrest during an anti-Asian incident in the @NYPD5Pct, marking the first arrest by this new initiative. "

The district attorney's office ended up charging Williams with one count of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor.

Because of the charge, Williams was not eligible for bail, the district attorney's office said.

CNN has reached out to Williams' attorney for comment.

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