MetroFocus: April 26, 2021

MetroFocus | April 26, 2021

EXPLORING HATE: ASIAN MAN ASSAULTED, IN STABLE CONDITION

THE CITY SPECIAL REPORT: ASIAN-AMERICAN HATE CRIMES UNDERREPORTED BY NYPD

On Friday night, A 61-year-old Asian man became the latest victim of yet another outrageous assault caught on video. Police say the man was collecting cans in East Harlem when he was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and repeatedly stomped in the head by his attacker. Many have also seen the video of the shocking attack on a 65-year-old woman near Times Square last month — one of at least 66 anti-Asian bias cases currently under investigation as a hate crime by the NYPD, up from 2020’s year-end count of 28. Just last week, the Senate passed a anti-hate crimes bill aimed at addressing a surge in attacks on Asian Americans amid the Covid-19 pandemic. But an investigation by The City reporters and The Marshall Project say much more action is called for. They report that although the most striking spike in harassment is against Asians 65 and older- hate crimes against elderly Asians in New York are vastly underreported and that the NYPD’s official tally does not capture the thousands of incidents in which Asian New Yorkers were reported as targets of harassment last year as the pandemic raged. Tonight, as part of our Exploring Hate initiative, The City reporter Christine Chung joins us with this special report along with Chris Kwok, a board member for the Asian American Bar Association of New York.