Politics South Carolina Senate panel advances hate crimes bill
'A historic surge': Anti-Asian American hate incidents continue to skyrocket despite public awareness campaign
New data reveals hate incidents against Asians and Asian Americans are still on the rise despite anti-hate public awareness campaigns.There was a more than 164% increase in anti-Asian hate crime reports to police in the first quarter of 2021 in 16 major cities and jurisdictions compared with last year, according to a report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
South Carolina's state Senate advanced a bill on Tuesday that would strengthen the penalties for hate crimes in the state, though the bill's future remains uncertain.
that the state's Senate Judiciary Committee voted in a bipartisan manner to advance a bill to the Senate floor that would allow a judge to slap defendants with up to an additional five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if it is determined that a conviction for a violent crime was committed with the aim of targeting specific characteristics of people.
2 Asian Women Attacked in NYC When Suspect Strikes 31-Year-Old Victim in the Head with a Hammer
The New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force has released surveillance footage of the attack RELATED: Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in Major U.S. Cities Increased 150% in 2020: Report "Suddenly I felt my head get hit by something," she said. The video footage shows Theresa and her friend trying to fend off the suspect, but she was struck "in the head with a hammer causing a laceration," police said. Theresa went to the hospital after the attack, where she received seven stitches, according to ABC 7.
The bill passed the committee Tuesday after lawmakers voted to add age and political opinions to the protected categories in the bill.
The newspaper reported that some are considering amendments that would change the legislation to impose mandatory minimum sentences for hate crimes rather than allowing judges to lengthen existing sentences.
"If somebody served 15 years and they're rehabilitated, at that point I think they need to get out," said state Sen. Rex Rice (R), according to the newspaper. "Right now we've got a problem with overcrowding in our corrections facilities and I think this just makes it worse."
The chair of the committee reportedly said that the bill will face a more contentious debate in the weeks ahead, after joining with several committee Republicans and every Democrat on the panel to advance the bill.
"I make no grand allusions in advancing this bill that it will have life, but again, that is the hope here," said state Sen. Luke Rankin (R), according to the Post and Courier.
South Carolina and Wyoming are the only two states in the union without hate crime legislation on the books.
NYPD makes arrest in assault of 61-year-old Asian man .
A man has been arrested in connection with the case of a 61-year-old Asian man who was attacked last week in New York, police said. © NYPD Police released this image of the person seen on surveillance video attacking a 61-year-old Asian man. Jarrod Powell, 49, was detained early Tuesday morning and the NYPD recommends that he faces two counts of felony assault, the NYPD said. It's unclear whether Powell has retained an attorney.