SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Lawyers in Seattle and San Francisco have accused men of hate crimes in separate incidents, with authorities saying people of Asian descent have been targeted amid high-profile and sometimes deadly violence against Asian Americans since the epidemic began.
Hundreds of protesters marched on the streets of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, sparking a series of rallies in response to what many said became the latest anti-Asia sentiment.
“We can no longer accept the generalization of behavior as permanent foreigners in this country,” speaker Tammy Kim said at a rally in Coritown, LA.
At a rally in San Francisco’s Civic Center, attended by more than 1,000 people, the city’s police chief, Bill Scott, said, “Hate is a virus, and love is a vaccine.”
On Friday, prosecutors in Washington’s King County charged Christopher Hemner, 511, with three counts of aggravated assault, police say he uttered profanities and threw objects into cars in two incidents targeting women and children of Asian heritage. Saturday.
In San Francisco, Victor Humberto Brown, 53, first appeared in court when officials said he repeatedly punched an Asian American man at a bus stop while shouting anti-Asian.
The misdemeanor was initially counted on Brown, but prosecutors recently led the case to a serious incident, the San Francisco Chronicle says.. He told the court he had a post-traumatic stress disorder.
In Seattle, according to court documents, Ham Ham called the woman at the red light on March 16, with two children, aged 5 and 10, and threw things. Three days later, authorities say an Asian woman cut off another car driven by Hamner, hurled insults and the word “Asian” at her and threw a water bottle at her car after she was charged in the parking lot.
Hamner was released on bail of 75 75,000 on Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether Hamner, who has not yet appeared in court, retained the attorney or would be assigned a public defender.
In the first instance, the woman asked her 10-year-old daughter to try to take a cellphone photo of the man. The woman, identified by Kiro-TV as Pamela Cole, posted about the incident on social media and a friend’s husband identified Hemner as a potential suspect.
The other woman who was charged had a dashboard camera in the vehicle that captured the license plate of the other car, which is registered with Hamner, according to court documents. A police detective investigating the case reviewed the video and determined that the woman was clearly Hamner, according to the assailant.
Cole, who said he recognizes the part as Chinese and part as Malaysian, said To Kiro-TV she felt like a “sitting duck” when Hamner went to his car, when he hit her with his fist and yelled at her, “Get out! Get out!” While expressing pride about her Asian heritage.
“I was shocked. Are you talking to me? ”Cole told the station.
“He jumps out of the car, and he charges us.” “That was the scariest part for me.”
In San Francisco, Ron Tuaso, an Army Pivo of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent, approached the Brown on March 13 and told the Chronicle that when Brown approached him, he said, ‘Get out of my country’. A racial ambiguity is meant to defame Asians. Toussaint said Brown also said, “That’s the problem here because of you.”
Tucson, 56, said he believes Brown is referring to the coronavirus. Brown hit him cold several times, he said, knocking him to the ground. He suffered a black eye and swollen cheeks as a result of the attack and said he was also experiencing memory loss.
Police found Brown after Tucson called 911.