S.F.: Man arrested for series of hate crimes, robberies against Asian females

San Francisco Police officers arrested a man linked to seven robberies and hate crimes against Asian women, police announced Oct. 5. Over the course of six months, 20-year-old O’Sean Garcia allegedly targeted Asian women in the city’s Bayview and Ingleside neighborhoods. In the latest incident, reported on September 21, Garcia and another suspect allegedly took […]

S.J. formally apologizes to Chinese community for its history of anti-Chinese policies and discrimination

“This is a resolution of the Council of the City of San Jose apologizing to Chinese immigrants and their descendants for acts of fundamental injustice and discrimination,” Mayor Sam Liccardo read to the dozens of Chinese Americans, allies and public officials gathered in downtown on Sept. 29. The resolution, passed unanimously by the city council […]

SJ: Police conclude year-long investigation with arrests of three suspects for multiple robberies and hate crimes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A year-long multi-jurisdictional investigation involving a criminal team of robbers targeting victims of Asian descent has culminated with the arrest of three suspects, a San Jose police spokesperson announced the afternoon of Sept. 17. The San Jose Police Department’s robbery unit, with the assistance of the department’s covert response unit and […]

Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discrimination

MESA, Ariz. — Sikh entrepreneur Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his Arizona gas station four days after the Sept. 11 attacks by a man who declared he was “going to go out and shoot some towel-heads” and mistook him for an Arab Muslim. Young Sikh Americans still struggle a generation later with the discrimination […]

AG Bonta meets with city leaders for 1st of several statewide discussions to prevent hate crimes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Police Chief Bill Scott, and community leaders on Sept. 9 in the city’s Visitacion Valley to have a discussion on hate crimes. The event was the first in a series of roundtable discussions being held by Bonta with leaders throughout the state, focusing […]

S.F. initiative that uses art to combat AAPI hate receives $1 mil. in state funding

California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, on Aug. 23 announced $1 million in state funding for an initiative that aims to raise awareness about racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The funding, provided through a state budget grant, will support the ‘We the Future’ initiative, which works to empower AAPI communities and […]

S.F. police arrest suspect in hate crimes involving more than 30 burglaries, vandalism

San Francisco police have arrested a man believed to have committed more than 30 burglaries and acts of vandalism — all of them considered hate crimes — since April in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and the Ocean Avenue corridor. Derik Barreto, 36, was initially detained Aug. 11 and was soon arrested and booked in county […]

Calif.’s Asian population soars, new census data shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Asian population grew by 25% in the past decade, making it the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation’s most populous state, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Aug. 12. California’s white population plummeted by 24% between 2010 and 2020, confirming California is one of three states […]

More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents since pandemic began

The frequency of anti-Asian incidents — from taunts to outright assaults — reported in the United States so far this year seems poised to surpass last year despite months of political and social activism, according to a new report released Aug. 12. Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that became the authority on gathering data […]

Report: Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the U.S.

NEW YORK — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The report, first shared with The Associated Press ahead of its July 28 release, is a comprehensive […]

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