In the wake of attacks on Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Police Department has created its first ever Asian Hate Crime Task Force, the New York Post reports.
“During the coronavirus pandemic starting in March, New York City experienced 21 anti-Asian hate crimes,” Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said.
“This increase was cultivated due to the anti-Asian rhetoric about the virus that was publicized and individuals began to attack Asian New Yorkers — either verbal attack or physical assault. We saw a spike in every borough throughout the city.”
Seventeen arrests were made on nearly two dozen anti-Asian hate crimes since March 21, Harrison said. All were COVID-19 related.
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