A man allegedly throwing stones at an Asian woman and her six-year-old son in the Los Angeles area was charged with hate crimes, the latest in a series of attacks targeting Asian Americans.
Roger Janke, 28, faces several crimes, including civil rights violations, throwing material into vehicles, and hate crimes. Orange County Law Office..
Junk has been accused of throwing two rocks at a woman and son while driving in Fullerton, about 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles. DA’s office said in a press release that the rock cracked the windshield of the woman’s Tesla and damaged the bumper.
The woman drove to a nearby park and called the authorities.
“I refuse to tolerate hatred in Orange County,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “Women and their children should be able to drive down the street without worrying about being attacked by their skin color.”
Spitzer vows to prosecute the case, and others like it to the fullest to send the message, “Here and there, there is no room for hatred.”
According to his release, Yanke, who told police that “Koreans in the area are trying to control him,” pleaded not guilty. The Fullerton man faces up to six years in prison.
This incident is the latest in a disturbing surge in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 3,800 cases have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a San Francisco-based organization that tracks discrimination and alien exclusion against Asian Americans and Pacific Islands residents. The group stated that these reported incidents were “only a small part” of the number that actually occurred.
Recent attacks include Asian-American women Cruelly assaulted during the day Outside a luxury condominium in New York City Elderly Asian American Women I fought the man who hit her on the streets of San Francisco.
The incident rattles the AAPI community and has some considerations Leave an area like San Francisco Where there were many unprovoked attacks. Concerns peaked last month after eight people were shot dead in three Georgia hot springs.Six of the victims were Asian women, but officials said they were shooting It is motivated by race.
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In the aftermath of the attack, demonstrators went to the streets of major cities across the country, including New York, Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco. To protest the waves of violence.
Attacks on Asian Americans are not limited to physical ones.
A Survey shared with USA TODAY Last month, Asian Americans showed that serious cases of online hatred and harassment reported the largest increase in the past year. According to a survey by the anti-hate group ADL, about 17% of Asian Americans reported sexual harassment, stalking, physical threats and other incidents, up from 11% last year.
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