NYPD cracking down on coronavirus-related hate crimes

The NYPD is cracking down on coronavirus-related hate crimes.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2020, 1:47 AM

Updated 1,485 days ago

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The NYPD is cracking down on coronavirus-related hate crimes. Police officials are calling the alarming spike in attacks against the Asian community disturbing. 
"If you commit a hate crime, we will find you and ensure you are brought to justice,” said Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison in a Twitter video condemning hate. 
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force says anti-Asian attacks started popping up in Mid-March, just when the coronavirus was taking the city by storm. 
"What we're looking at now is we have 13 incidents of COVID-related hate crimes, with 14 total victims,” said Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari, Commanding Officer of Hate Crime Task Force. 
That is in comparison to only three reported incidents against the Asian community all of last year, according to the commanding officer of the task force, Mark Molinari. 
Historically, he says many hate crimes go unreported because victims may be afraid to come forward. 
Molinari is working with district attorneys, the mayor and the FBI to ensure justice is served.
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