Civil rights advocates, officials denounce recent violence against Asian New Yorkers
Civil rights advocates and officials denounced the recent attacks against Asian Americans in the city during a town hall in Queens Sunday.
Activists say there is a spike in attacks against Asian Americans. According to the NYPD, there have been 27 confirmed bias incidents targeting the Asian community in the city last year, most of them in March - compared to one in 2019.
That does not include statistics for the first quarter of 2021.
Activists from the Black community also joined forces with their counterparts from the Asian community to promote unity and denounce these recent acts of hate.
A disturbing video from last week appeared to show an Asian woman being attacked outside of a bakery in Flushing.
Friends of the victim's family, including actress Olivia Munn, took to Twitter to say the suspect shouted hateful slurs at the woman before attacking her.
The suspect, identified as Patrick Mateo, has since been arrested. He was charged with assault and harassment.
Activists say more needs to be done to prevent hateful acts, especially for communities that are feeling targeted.
The Asian American Bar Association of New York released a recent report on what it calls a rising tide of hate against Asians.
The association says there were more than 2,500 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents nationwide between March and September of last year related to COVID-19.
It believes that number is an understatement because these incidents often go unreported.