A man participates in the rally “Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power” to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence outside the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles Saturday, March 13, 2021. Los Angeles County officials are stepping up their efforts to battle hate crimes against Asian Americans. The “LA vs. Hate” initiative encourages people to call 211 if they are victims or witness an incident of hate. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
ABC Crime Analyst and former FBI agent, Brad Garrett joins The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to weigh in on the disturbing increase in Asian hate crimes.
ATLANTA (AP) — A white gunman has been charged with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in an attack that sent terror through the Asian American community. Robert Aaron Long told police that the attack wasn’t racially motivated, claiming to have a “sex addiction.” Authorities say he apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation. Six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. The killings horrified the Asian American community, which saw the shootings as an attack on them, given a recent wave of assaults that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States, reported Kate Brumback and Angie Wang.
“As you well know, living in San Francisco, the under reported-ness is this type of crime is huge. So, between language barriers, immigration fears, people don’t come forward and in particular, people in what I would call ‘vulnerable type of employment’, in spas…people tend to be fearful of law enforcement anyway. So, a big problem in law enforcement even knowing the true picture” Brad tells Nikki.
Listen to the full conversation below.