NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The NYPD has made the newly formed Asian Hate Crime Task Force permanent as racist attacks on Asian-Americans continue in the city amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.
“We’ve seen something very ugly, very negative throughout this crisis and that’s discrimination, hatred, bias directed at our Asian-American communities,” the mayor said at his daily briefing.
“We see verbal attacks, physical attacks. We see people blaming a community here for a virus that originated far away, and that people here had nothing to do with at all,” de Blasio said. “And yet somehow, they’re being blamed. And that’s unacceptable. We will not allow it and we will fight back against it.”
The task force, which was formed last month, is under the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force. De Blasio said it will continue to work with the community “to make sure every attack, every incident of bias is reported and acted on.”
NYPD Deputy Inspector Stewart Loo is leading the task force. It also includes two captains, two sergeants and 25 detectives who speak a variety of languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Fukienese, Tagalog and Korean.
“Since the pandemic, Asians have faced a concerning increase in unprovoked racist verbal attacks, some of them leading to physical assaults. They have become victims of crimes for no reason other than the fact that they are of a certain race,” Loo said at the mayor’s briefing.
Loo said there are many obstacles in helping Asian-American crime victims in the city, including language barriers, cultural differences, fear of retaliation, reluctance in making a report and distrust of police.
“This task force will bridge that gap,” Loo said.