15-Year-Old Boy, 52-Year-Old Woman Fall Victims in Separate Anti-Asian Incidents in NYCSafety Info May 11, 2021 0 COMMENTS
The Anti-Asian incidents have been reported from different parts of New York City. The latest victims are a 15-year-old boy and a middle-aged woman. Both the cases happened last Saturday, and the New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is currently investigating the cases.
It also comes as a shock that most of the crimes against Asian elderly people are vastly underreported. The reason is many of them are unaware of their rights while others fear approaching the police and exercise the rights. Most of the crimes started due to the outbreak of the covid virus, with people aggressively attacking the Asians blaming that they brought in the virus.
The ex-president Donald Trump used to refer to the covid virus as China Virus or Kung Flu and many state this to be the reason why people are passively harassing and attacking the Asian natives. While the reported numbers are alarming, it’s even more alarming to think that many of these crimes are going unreported.
The first case was reported around 3 pm and took place at 62-01 99th Street in Flushing. The 15-year-old male victim was reportedly sitting on the premises when a group of five teenagers approached him and shouted: “What the f*** are you looking at, Ching Chong?”
The victim then stood up and asked the teenagers to leave the scene, and that’s when they started throwing punches at his head. The boy sustained several injuries and was rushed to the Booth Memorial Hospital. Three from the group (aged 18, 15, and 14) who attacked the boy were identified and arrested for charges of misdemeanor assault and harassment.
The second incident was reported on the same day, around 3:25 p.m, from Myrtle Avenue and Broadway subway station in Bedford–Stuyvesant. A female stranger pushed 52-year old Chinese women into the tracks, twice continuously. The victim said to the police that the attacker made some comments while attacking her. But the victim, who speaks limited English, couldn’t identify what she meant.
A bystander, who witnessed the whole incident, helped the woman and prevented her from falling into the tracks.
In the wake of the crimes against the Asian community, a rally cum march was conducted with the theme Rise Against Hate. Both the attacks happened on the same day when the Rise Against Hate rally and march was organized in Flushing, where hundreds of New Yorkers participated. Among the prominent figures who joined the protest were Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Rep. Grace Meng, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We as an Asian American community can not only come out with the racism is aimed at us. We have to come out when any other community is hurt,” Rep. Grace Meng said while addressing the gathering.
The march ended with the slogan Stop Asian Hate and culminated near a bakery where another middle-aged Asian woman was attacked earlier this February.