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NYPD Creates New Task Force to Combat Rise in Asian Hate Crimes

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Aug. 19, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

The NYPD has announced the creation of a new task force aimed at combating the rise of Asian hate crime, which has escalated since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Asian Hate Crime Task Force has been formed to specifically investigate Asian bias attacks with members of the unit well versed in Asian languages and culture. The team will also work to encourage victims to come forward.

There have been 21 reported hate crimes against Asians since the middle of March, the NYPD said at a press briefing Tuesday. The number is up dramatically from a year ago, with there being just three incidents targeting Asians from January through the middle of August in 2019.

However, the number of anti-Asian incidents is likely to be higher, according to the NYPD, as victims often don’t report such attacks due to language barriers, cultural differences and the fear of the authorities.

To address those concerns, the new task force was formed and filled with 25 Asian-American NYPD detectives who speak an array of Asian languages and dialects. The NYPD said it hopes that the make-up of the new team would encourage more victims of anti-Asian crimes to come forward.

The NYPD says the task force will help cops forge a better relationship with members of the Asian community since there will be officers who are well versed in their culture.

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee welcomed the announcement.

“Queens lauds the NYPD…. for forming this task force to bring the necessary attention to the inflammation of latent racism and discrimination,” Lee said in a statement Tuesday.

Lee said that the rise in hate and bias incidents against Asians led the NYPD to create a new category of crimes earlier this year called “other corona.”

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee (Photo: Queens Borough President’s Office)

She said that a substantial portion of victims who fell under this category were of Asian origin.

Lee, who is the first person of Asian descent to serve as a borough president in New York City, took a veiled swipe at President Trump yesterday for the rise in Asian hate crime attacks.

“Words matter and have consequences, especially when misnomers like ‘Chinese Virus’ and ‘Kung Flu’ are promulgated,” Lee said.

She did not mention Trump by name, although the president has consistently referred to the coronavirus in such terms.

Lee encouraged victims or witnesses of hate crimes to come forward and report them immediately. She said that reporting hate crimes early is important in investigating these types of cases.

The NYPD said that 17 of the 21 reported anti-Asian hate crimes reported in the city since March have resulted in arrests.

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JMURPHY

Just curious? Who are the perpetrators of crimes against Asians? I dont see them moving to South Queens…..more like Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck.

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Jasvinder

The Asians have suffered enough. A vote for Biden is a vote for the first Asian female for VP. Kamala Harris for VP!

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El loco

Why is Chinese flu a misnomer? Is China not to blame for the flu? That is the ultimate political correctness.

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Shu

Andrew Yang for Mayor NYC. He make law and protect all the people not only for black people.

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jeff

I marched with Hundreds this past weekend in Queens. Nothing about Brutality. They need Help with paying the Banks since the City is not Helping them with Rent!

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17 of the 21 anti-Asian hate crimes since March have resulted in arrests

Nothing but a “waste of resources” for you. Bigly sad!

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white lives matter

when are they gonna make a special task force for hate crimes against Europeans?…and by the way it’s “Big League”…not “Bigly”…learn to understand a New York accent silly transplant…

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Trump coined the word "bigly"

Crime against Asians has escalated since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Has crime against Europeans? No? Oh…then that explains that 😂

“Bigly” is now used to mock Trump, he thinks it’s really a word! Are you THAT out of the loop?

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ABoondy

thanks for stealing my username, like it’s so difficult to think of one. i disagree with this statement completely. the real ABoondy would never say what this poser says. the asian community matters. bet you dont even know what that name even refers to.

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You got a receipt for your username???

A credit card statement where you bought it from??? Can’t steal what wasn’t bought.

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