Crime New York City police arrest man for 3 separate attacks on Asian Americans
Here’s what to do if you witness or experience anti-Asian harassment
According to a global anti-harassment organization, only 25% of people surveyed said that someone intervened when they were being harassed.And those are just the statistics; accounts of the events themselves are even more chilling. On March 31, a man who was on lifetime parole for fatally stabbing his mother in 2002 was arrested on two charges of assault in the second degree after repeatedly stomping on and kicking a 65-year-old Filipino American woman in New York City in broad daylight.
A man has beenon three separate occasions in , police told ABC News.
Joseph Russo, 27, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime in connection with all three incidents, according to the New York City Police Department.
The first incident occurred in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 5 at around 9:20 a.m. local time. Russo allegedly pushed a 64-year-old Asian American woman on a sidewalk, knocking her down. The woman suffered pain to the left side of her body but refused medical attention at the scene, police said.
A woman's brutal attack exposed a torrent of anti-Asian violence after the Atlanta shootings
The fear and outrage felt by Asian Americans after the Atlanta-area spa shootings hasn't vanished and neither has the bias and violence that preceded it, lawmakers and activists say. © Amir Hamja/Bloomberg via Getty Images Demonstrators raise their fists during a rally in New York on March 21. A horrific attack on a 65-year-old woman in New York City this week has prompted widespread condemnation and became the latest reminder that anti-Asian bias and violence in America has not abated.
The second incident happened near the Madison neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 22 at around 7:45 a.m. local time. Russo allegedly grabbed a 32-year-old Asian American woman on a sidewalk and pulled her hair, causing pain to her head and neck. The woman refused medical attention at the scene, according to police.
The third and most recent incident occurred in the Homecrest neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday at around 11:15 a.m. Russo allegedly shoved a 77-year-old Asian American man who was looking at vegetables for sale in front of a market. The man fell to the ground and suffered some bruising to his arm but refused medical attention at the scene, police said.
'You May Die': Utah Asian Americans Receive Threatening Letters
The letters, which don't address individuals by name, would likely fit the offense of threatening terrorism, according to Utah police.The identical letters each stated Asians "need to go back to their countries now before more Asian's are KILLED...spread the word or you may die." The letter made several claims against Asians such as that they "caused Covid 19 and lied about it.
The attacks were the latest inin New York City and across the nation. The coronavirus pandemic and its suspected origins in the Chinese city of Wuhan is cited as having led to in the United States that has waged on for over year.
From March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, there were more than 3,795 hate incidents, including verbal harassment and physical assault, against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States that wereto Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit organization that tracks such incidents.
In recent weeks, the New York City Police Department has ramped up patrols in predominately Asian communities. Asian American officers are also working undercover in areas that have had hate crimes, police said. One of those undercover officers was able to step in and make an arrest during an anti-Asian incident in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan on Tuesday, marking the first arrest by the new initiative, according to police.
Anti-Asian hate crimes, George Floyd trial: The world is watching how we handle racism .
There is more we must do, especially now, to address racism in America. Our officials must be held to account for how quickly and thoroughly they manage these issues. Fortunately, after the recent proliferation of hate crimes against Asian Americans, there is an urgency to stop this hate and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.Joseph R. DeTrani was the former special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, the former director of the National Counterproliferation Center, and a veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency.