Crime Coronavirus Update: Asian-American New Yorkers Become Targets Of Attacks Amid Pandemic

14:27  03 april  2020
14:27  03 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The coronavirus pandemic , which originated in China, is fueling attacks against Asian Americans , with more than 1,000 reports of hate incidents ranging from racial slurs to spitting to physical assaults over the past two weeks, advocates say. (April 1).

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the vast majority of New Yorkers, it’s no longer crime, but the coronavirus that’s become the biggest threat to safety.

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But for the city’s Asian-American population, violent xenophobic attacks are spreading just as fast.

“There have been several incidents in which, just in passing, a lot of people are being called … you know, every name in the book,” Michael Cho told CBS2’s Christina Fan.

Cho, who is Korean-American, says just today, he found a disturbing post on social media of someone threatening to shoot up Chinatown in order to destroy the epidemic.

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The NYPD says while overall crime in the city is down 20% for the last two weeks of March, there have been specific crimes committed against Asian-Americans in that time – 11 to be exact.

New York State Senator John Liu is worried for his constituents.

“People are wondering will they be safe in the streets, especially when the streets more isolated,” Liu said.


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The NYPD says some of the other most common crimes they’re seeing right now involve commercial burglaries, many of them at businesses that are shuttered because of the pandemic.

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As the coronavirus outbreak sweeps through New York City, a Korean-American observes a rising tide of anti-Asian sentiment. “Minor feelings” are the ones that Asian - Americans have—the ones that go unacknowledged because they exist outside the black/white racial binary.

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“Restaurants, some retail establishments, some public buildings when it comes to businesses. We have a plan in place, we are focusing on prevention,” said Michael Lipetri, chief of crime control strategies.

In surveillance videos, thieves seem to be after everything — from Popeyes uniforms to money from safes.

“They just arrested three perpetrators in Queens which we’ve tied to many commercial burglaries that went over to the Brooklyn side,” Lipetri said.

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Even with less officers working due to the outbreak, the department says it’s still making arrests.

So far, seven people have been apprehended over coronavirus-related attacks. An eighth is being actively sought.

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