An Asian-American man beaten in a hate crime asks an attacker to get restorative justice instead of prison

A Portland man agreed to participate in a restorative justice resolution instead of facing prison time to attack an Asian-American man in December 2020. Daniel Hatchens, 38, pleaded guilty to prejudice for assaulting an Asian-American man at a Portland MAX stop last year. Oregon live.. He allegedly approached the victim and asked if he was Chinese before hitting his face. Hatchens escaped from the scene after the attack. The suspect, who had already been detained for 100 days, was sentenced to 90 days in prison at a hearing on March 30. Victims who did not want to be identified demanded that they find a solution that would not add Hatchens imprisonment. , According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office KATU.. In a statement, district attorney Mike Schmidt said that Hatchens is now responsible for his unforgivable behavior. “We will atone for our community, especially the Asian-American community, and take his rehabilitation seriously.” “We sincerely appreciate and respect the victim’s desire to find an alternative decision in this case without increasing prison time.” Schmidt has been added. “The recent increase in hatred, intolerance and prejudice against Asian Americans and Pacific Islands people is horrifying. Our office is close to members of the AAPI community and fully supports them. “ Restorative Justice Is a resolution that blames criminals for their actions through education and community dialogue. The goal is to address the needs of victims and integrate these criminals into the community as “positive and contributing citizens.” “Racist violence is not always tolerated, but accountability education is one of the first steps we can take to resolve these injustices as a city.” The Oregon-China Union said in a statement. In addition to restorative justice, Hatchens undergoes probation for three years and is evaluated for drugs, alcohol and mental health. During his probationary period, Hatchens is not allowed to establish contact with the victims.Feature image via Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (left), KATU2 (correct)

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