Mar 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

New York man charged with hate crime for attack on Asian woman caught on video

A picture of a person holding a sign that says stop asian hate next to a wanted poster.
A poster of the suspect hangs from a post as a man holds a placard after an Asian American anti-violence press conference on March 30, 2021. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

The New York Police Department said a suspect has been arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime for a brutal attack on an elderly Asian woman in New York City that was captured on a surveillance video and released by authorities Monday.

Why it matters: The video, in which bystanders can be seen watching as the assailant kicks the 65-year-old woman multiple times, has sparked a wave of outrage, writes the New York Times. It comes during a period of increased incidents of violence against Asians and Pacific Islanders across America.

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