NEW YORK, NY- Despite the narrative coming as a result of the murder of six Asian women in Atlanta just over a week ago, where the incident was blamed on “white supremacy,” yet another incident in New York City, which apparently occurred on Sunday morning showed yet another attack on an Asian man by a black suspect.
The Daily Mail reports that the NYPD’s hate crimes unit is searching for a black male suspect who brutally beat the victim on a Manhattan-bound J train.
Video surveillance footage of the attack showed that nobody stepped in to stop the attack, however some did call for the suspect to stop. One witness to the incident claimed the victim called the suspect the “N-word” before he was attacked.
The New York attack is the latest in a series of such attacks across the country, with many of them occurring in New York City.
Someone who shared the footage on Twitter, @AsianDawn4 wrote: “A person violently beats up and punches an Asian male in the head repeatedly in a Manhattan Bound (J) train at Kosciuszko Street Station, chokes him afterwards until he is unconscious.
“Be on the lookout for this person!”
🚨 WARNING: VIOLENCE/BLOOD 🚨
A person violently beats up and punches an Asian male in the head repeatedly in a Manhattan Bound (J) train at Kosciuszko Street Station, chokes him afterwards until he is unconscious. Be on the lookout for this person! pic.twitter.com/FCrqiPcxFc
— Asian Dawn (@AsianDawn4) March 29, 2021
The Mail reported that the victim was knocked down by his assailant after being punched up to 10 times, prior to being put in a chokehold and then going unconscious.
According to a California-based reporting center for Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), “Stop AAPI Hate,” they report over 3,000 incidents of such crimes have been reported to them in just the past year.
In addition to New York, police across a number of major cities across the US have seen a surge in such crimes between 2019 and 2020, according to data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University in San Bernardino.
For example, New York City went from three such incidents to 27; Los Angeles from seven to 15, and Denver had three incidents in 2020—the first reported there in six years.
NYPD is asking anyone with information on the attack to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or to the Crime Stoppers website at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.
“We need the public’s help,” the Hate Crimes Unit wrote and asked for any information to be forwarded to the tip line.
We need the public's help. The NYPD is aware of this video and is investigating. Anyone that has information regarding this incident is urged to call or DM @NYPDTips 1-800-577-TIPS and provide additional details including the date and time of occurrence. @NYPDTransit @NYPDnews https://t.co/fJmZC1QJac
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021
The video clip of the attack has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted Monday. In New York, there were other similar attacks recently in Harlem and Lower Manhattan.
The incident in Atlanta drew national attention when it was initially reported to be a “hate” crime.
However investigators, citing the suspect’s confession said that the motive behind the rampage was not racial in nature but rather due to some type of sexual addiction of the suspect. The Asian women killed all worked in Asian massage parlors.
That hasn’t stopped the media, politicians and other left-wing activists from painting the shootings as the work of a white supremacist, feeding into the media narrative that white supremacy poses a bigger threat to the country than the long-running violence being perpetrated by Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Conversely, after a deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado committed by a Muslim Syrian immigrant, the same people chose to focus on guns rather than on the race of the offender while ignoring the background of the shooter.
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ATLANTA, GA – Federal investigators have not yet found evidence that the killing of eight people in three Atlanta massage businesses was a hate crime according to law enforcement officials.
There are real fears, particularly among Asian American women, due to the rise in hate crimes. Those fears were highlighted recently in Georgia after a series of shootings left eight people dead. https://t.co/6Zjv4wq0zr
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) March 20, 2021
The murder case against Robert Aaron Long, 21, charged in the shooting spree that killed six women of Asian descent and two other people this week, has left investigators struggling to apply the case to Georgia’s new hate crimes law.
Long told police that the killings were not motivated by race and claimed to have a sex addiction which prompted the shootings. Authorities said he claimed that he viewed the massage businesses as sources of temptation but were continuing to investigate the motive.
There has been a dramatic increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans especially senior citizens and women since the pandemic.
The Georgia Atlanta incident is another incident to the long list of hate crimes against Asians. #StopAsianHate #AsianAmericans pic.twitter.com/UiWf8psywi
— foodpoop (@thatzmolly) March 20, 2021
There has been tremendous pressure on investigators to link the crime to hate crimes statutes, especially from the Asian American community, who have seen an increase in racially motivated attacks since the pandemic began in early 2020.
Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood, Executive Director of the Atlanta-based Asian American Advocacy Fund, commented on the Asian-American anger developing in the community over the killings:
“I think the reason why people are feeling so hopeless is because Asian-Americans have been ringing the bell on this issue for so long. … We’ve been raising the red flag.”
The murder case against a white man charged with shooting and killing six women of Asian descent and two other people at Atlanta-area businesses this week could become the first big test for Georgia’s new hate crimes law. https://t.co/ouudd2FRbt pic.twitter.com/8GTT84oApG
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) March 20, 2021
Some in the community were angry Long was not immediately charged with hate crimes. Margaret Huang, president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said law enforcement needs training:
“(Police need) some training in understanding what a hate crime is. This man identified targets owned by Asians. (Long) was very clearly going after a targeted group of people.”
The killings of 6 women of Asian descent in Georgia have renewed the push for tougher U.S. hate crime laws. “No one wants to be the last state standing without a hate crime law." https://t.co/lgdCtqEoaa @NathanPLayne @andysullivan
— Colleen Jenkins (@colleenjenk) March 20, 2021
But law enforcement officials point out that the issue is not so clear. Federal investigators have not yet uncovered evidence supporting a federal hate crime charge, and state investigators are still exploring hate crime charges at the state level.
The Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia explained that the state’s hate crimes law is not a criminal charge, but a sentence enhancement. Pete Skandalakis commented, “It’s not something you get arrested for. It’s a sentence enhancer.”
The murder case against a white man charged with shooting and killing six women of Asian descent and two other people at Atlanta-area massage businesses this week could become the first big test for Georgia’s new hate crimes law.https://t.co/NBZ0ElBEyg
— Eyewitness News (@wbrewyou) March 20, 2021
Georgia law applies an additional penalty for certain crimes if they are motivated by a victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, or mental or physical disability. Skandalakis said the new law has not yet been tested.
If jurors find that a crime fits a hate crime enhancement, there is a mandatory addition of at least two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for any felony.
— LeⓋa (@bumblebeefrug) March 20, 2021
Although federal investigators have not ruled out a federal hate crime charge, there are hurdles that must be overcome. Federal law requires prosecutors to prove that the victims were targeted because of specific factors, including race.
The Associated Press reported that two law enforcement officials close to the investigation said no such evidence had been obtained supporting the hate crime charges at this point.
Although the prosecution for the murders usually remains with the state, federal authorities could bring federal hate crime charges independently if it is determined a crime involved targeting a protected group.
Will Atlanta Spa Shootings Be Treated as a Hate Crime? The killing of eight this week in Georgia—six of whom were women of Asian descent—may test Georgia’s new law, as incidents targeting Asian Americans seem to rarely lead to hate crime charges. https://t.co/6JUoiNWxQE
— kristoferkawas (@kristoferkawas) March 20, 2021
Long has been charged with eight counts of murder in Cherokee and Fulton Counties. Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to decide whether to pursue hate crime enhancements.
Officials have identified those killed as Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51, whom family members identified by her maiden name, Hyun Jung Kim; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Xiaojie Tan, 49.
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