Human Rights Commission Probes 5 Coronavirus-Related Hate Crimes In NYC

Kristie Keleshian
March 15, 2020 - 10:05 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Five complaints of coronavirus-related hate crimes are being investigated by the city's Human Rights Commission.

The incidents were reported over a two-week span and were all sparked by racism against the Asian community.

These attacks include a 59-year-old Asian man who was kicked down to the ground by a teen on the Upper East Side. A 13-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with that incident on Saturday.

Another involved an Asian woman attacked for not wearing a mask and a third in Queens where a man and his 10-year-old son were harassed.

Any New Yorker experiencing discrmination is encouraged to file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Attacks against Asian people have been growing across the globe since the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China in January.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he's disgusted by the attacks and has asked the state's Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in the investigations.