SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Prosecutors in Seattle and San Francisco have charged men with hate crimes which authorities say have included a wave of high-profile and sometimes fatal violence against Asian Americans against people of Asian origin since the beginning of the pandemic.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles and across the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday. This was the latest in a series of rallies in response to what many were saying has turned into a disturbing wave of anti-Asian sentiment.
“We can no longer accept the normalization of being treated as eternal foreigners in this country,” said spokesman Tammy Kim at a rally in Koreatown, LA.
On Friday, prosecutors in King County, Washington, accused 51-year-old Christopher Hamner of three cases of malicious harassment after police yelled swearwords and thrown things on cars against women and children of Asian heritage in two incidents last week. reported the Seattle Times Saturday.
In San Francisco, 53-year-old Victor Humberto Brown appeared in court for the first time after authorities alleged he repeatedly hit an Asian American at a bus stop while shouting an anti-Asian bow.
Brown was originally booked for a misdemeanor, but prosecutors recently made the case a felony, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He said in court that he had post-traumatic stress disorder.
In Seattle, according to court records, Hamner shouted swear words and threw things at a woman who stopped at a red light on March 16 with her two children, ages 5 and 10. Three days later, authorities said Hamner cut off another car that was being driven by an Asian woman, shouted profanity and the word “Asian” at her, and then threw a water bottle on her car after attacking her as she drove into a parking lot.
Hamner was held on Saturday on bail for $ 75,000. It was not immediately clear whether Hamner, who had not yet appeared in court, had kept a lawyer or would be given a public defense attorney.
First and foremost, the woman asked her 10-year-old daughter to take a cell phone photo of the man. The woman identified by KIRO-TV as Pamela Cole covered the incident on social media, and a friend’s husband identified Hamner as a possible suspect.
The second woman approached had a dashboard camera in her vehicle that captured the license plate of the other car, which is registered with Hamner according to court documents. The policeman investigating the case checked the video and found that the woman attacker “was clearly Hamner” according to the indictment.
Cole, who said she identified as part Chinese and part Malaysian, told KIRO-TV that she felt like a “sitting duck” when Hamner approached her car, clenched his fists and yelled, “Get out!” Get out! ”As she spat swear words about her Asian heritage.
“I was completely shocked. Are you talking to me? “Cole told the station.
“He’s jumping out of the car and attacking us,” she said. “That was the scariest part for me.”
In San Francisco, Ron Tuason, an army veteran of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent, told Chronicle that he was at a bus stop in Ingleside on March 13 when Brown approached him and said, “Get out of my country” before the mission. exclaimed a racist bow intended to vilify the Asians. Tuason said Brown also said, “It’s because of you that there’s a problem here.”
Tuason, 56, said he believed Brown was referring to the coronavirus. Brown hit him several times, he said, and threw him to the ground. He suffered a black eye and a swollen cheek as a result of the attack and said he also had memory loss.
Police found Brown shortly after Tuason called 911.