Police in New York are investigating one more alleged incident of an Asian individual within the metropolis being focused in a hate crime assault because of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to stories, a 26-year-old Asian male was ready on the Atlantic Ave./Barclays Center subway station in Brooklyn when he was approached by the suspect on Wednesday, March 25.
The man allegedly spat on the sufferer and yelled: “You f*****g Chinese, spreading the coronavirus. You people got the virus.”
The suspect then mimicked having a gun inside his jacket pocket to threaten him, reported the New York Daily News.
The suspect, recognized by the New York Postas 19-year-old Nicholas Theodore, was later arrested and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and menacing.
The assault is one in all a lot of incidents during which Asian folks have been focused or harassed in New York throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, which was first detected within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in December.
Earlier this month, the New York Police Department investigated two assaults in opposition to Asian folks on the identical day during which the coronavirus was believed to have been an element.
In February, an Asian lady sporting a protecting masks was additionally kicked and punched by a person at a Manhattan subway station in a suspected hate crime assault.
The rise within the variety of assaults prompted New York Attorney General Letitia James to arrange a devoted hotline for hate crimes and racially-biased primarily based incidents.
Officials additionally condemned President Donald Trump and different political figures for referring to COVID-19 because the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” for serving to to create a stigma round Asian communities and fuelling these assaults.
“As we face an unprecedented and uncertain time for New York, the United States, and the world, we must reiterate the fact that this pandemic does not give anyone an excuse to be racist, xenophobic, or biased,” James stated.
“No one should live in fear for their life because of who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. I encourage all victims of discriminatory actions stemming from this pandemic to contact my office. We will continue to work with local law enforcement to combat hate in all its insidious forms.”
Letitia introduced the launch of the hotline on March 23, two days earlier than the incident on the Brooklyn subway station.
“During this public health crisis, people are fighting for their lives—fighting to keep their families safe. Yet these incessant, irresponsible, and atrocious naming of COVID-19 as the ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Wuhan virus’ is endangering the lives of Asian Americans,” added New York Rep. Grace Meng.
“I have repeatedly called on public officials—from the President to the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives—to abstain from using derogatory language that demonizes Asian Americans. This must stop.”
Those experiencing hate crimes and bias incidents are being requested to report them by emailing the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau at [email protected], or calling 1-800-771-7755.
There are greater than 69,000 confirmed instances of the coronavirus within the U.S., the third highest on the planet in response to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 1,050 folks have died from COVID-19 within the U.S., with 619 sufferers recovering from the virus.
This infographic, supplied by Statista, reveals the sharp rise within the variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances in New York state in comparison with Washington and California.
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- Clean fingers continuously with cleaning soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
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- Wear a masks in case you are coughing or sneezing.
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