S.F.: New police unit will support crime victims, track hate crimes

A new unit with the San Francisco Police Department will focus on improving trust between residents and officers, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Oct. 23. The new Community Liaisons Unit will be made up of five dedicated officers from the department’s Community Engagement Division who will work with residents by supporting victims of crime […]

Hate is here to stay

President Donald Trump and his xenophobic agenda may be voted out of office Nov. 3, but a panel of civil rights advocates predicts that bias-related crimes and incidents will continue to be on the rise. Asian Americans have experienced the biggest increase in bias-related incidents, but the President’s implicit “permission to hate” has impacted all […]

Asians continue to suffer racist hate incidents during the pandemic

About half a year since the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for Americans, a disturbing trend for hate directed against Asians remains a concern. Launched in mid-March, Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative by Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, is […]

Website to document anti-Asian hate crimes in wake of Covid-19

On a busy San Francisco street in the broad light of day, Yuanyuan Zhu was harassed and spit on by a stranger simply for being Asian in the midst of a global pandemic caused by what the president of the United States calls the “Chinese virus.” Zhu had just been dropped off near the corner […]

Suspect in Sunnyvale car attack charged with hate crimes

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — A man accused of attempted murder after driving into a group of eight people in Sunnyvale last month was charged with hate crimes enhancements in Santa Clara County Superior Court on May 30. Isaiah Peoples, 34, allegedly targeted three people at an El Camino Real crosswalk on April 23 because he perceived […]

Rise in hate crimes connected to Trump rhetoric, DA Gascon says

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon connected Nov. 13 anti-immigrant rhetoric made by President Donald Trump to a rise in hate crimes last year in the U.S. According to the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistic report, released Nov. 13, in 2017 the number of hate crimes nationwide increased by 17 percent compared to the previous […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs are making it to the political playoffs, but can they win the championship?

Strong history-making electoral victories in recent months continue to show that Asian American and Pacific Islanders are not a fly-by-night phenomenon in the political arena. Last month, Manka Dhingra won a heavily-contested state Senate seat in Washington that flipped the chamber to Democratic control. In Virginia, Kathy Tran became the first Vietnamese American elected to […]

Diverse cops make the difference in policing hate

Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, including here in San Francisco, where the city’s diversity also happens to be a hallmark of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Hate Crimes Unit. It’s one of just a handful of such units across the country, and officials say its diversity is a key part of its […]

SJSU president appoints ex-judge to lead panel to probe alleged campus hate crimes

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — The president of San Jose State University announced Dec. 5 that a former judge would lead a task force to look into hate crimes by four white students against a black student that allegedly occurred on campus from August to October. Mohammad Qayoumi, in a letter e-mailed to students, […]

No felony charges in alleged hate crimes against African American SJSU student

SAN JOSE (Bay City News Service) — San Jose State University’s president told about 500 students at a campus rally that he had “failed” a black student who was the alleged victim of hate crimes by four white roommates in a campus housing unit. “What has really happened has scrutinized the leadership that I have […]

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