Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Act Passes U.S. Congress Crime News
The new law requires the US Department of Justice to focus on prosecuting hate crimes against Asians after the surge in attacks.
The US House of Representatives has approved legislation to prevent the increase in hate crimes against Asians during the coronavirus pandemic, and the bill was sent to President Biden on Tuesday for signature.
The measure previously passed in the Senate was passed by the House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority of 364-62. The new law directs the US Department of Justice to focus on prosecuting violent crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
In the past year, U.S. police have witnessed a surge in racially motivated crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including a shooting in Georgia in March. Killed six women Asian descent.
Grace Meng, the representative of the main sponsor of the bill, said in a statement: “For more than a year, Asian Americans across the United States have been crying for help.”
When the bill passed the Senate with a 94-to-1 vote, Meng said: “We all heard disgusting stories and saw shocking videos of Asian Americans being beaten, hacked and spitting.”
Law enforcement and Asian American advocates have Hate crimes against Asians on the rise The political rhetoric of former President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians who blamed China for the pandemic.
Hate crimes are well known hard Prosecute. The bill provides a hotline for local prosecutors to seek guidance and law enforcement training in such cases.
It also includes the Jabara-Heyer “Prohibition of Hate” Act, which improves enforcement reporting of hate crimes and expands community assistance and resources for victims of such crimes.
The bill is named after Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese American who was killed in 2016 in a racist neighbor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Heather Haye Heather Heyer died in a vehicle attack during a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Initially, the two attacks were not classified as hate crimes, but they will be subject to the new law.
In California and New York, where many Asian Americans live, Shocking event Violence against Asians.
In March this year, a 75-year-old Asian-American Burhao was pushed to the ground and died while walking near his home in Oakland in the morning. The suspect will face assault charges, but will not be charged with hate crime charges.
In New York, a 65-year-old Filipino woman Was attacked in broad daylight When a man was walking on the street, he kicked her on the stomach and stepped on her head. The incident has been captured in a security video. She survived and he was arrested.
Last year, an Asian immigrant and his two young sons were stabbed and chopped while shopping in Midland, Texas.
The monitoring team Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 incidents nationwide from March 2020 to February 2021.