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A man charged with throwing stones at an Asian woman and her 6-year-old son in the Los Angeles area was charged with a hate crime on Monday, the latest in a targeted attack. That people of Asian descent
Roger Janke, 28, faces multiple charges including civil rights violations, car throwing and hate crimes, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Janke was accused of throwing two stones at a woman and her son as they drove in Fullerton, 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to the DA’s office. It said at a news conference that the stone broke the windshield of the woman’s Tesla and damaged her bumper, the DA’s office said at a news conference.
The woman drove nearby and called the operator.
“I refuse to tolerate the hate in Orange County,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “A woman and her child should be able to drive down the road without worrying about getting hurt for the color of their skin.”
Spitzer has vowed to prosecute the case, and everyone else is totally fond of sending the message: “There is no room for hate here – or anywhere.”
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Janke, who told police that “Local Koreans tried to detain him,” according to the release, pleaded not guilty. The Fullerton man faces up to six years in prison.
The incident is the latest hate crime to target Asian Americans since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic.Nearly 3,800 incidents have been reported against San Francisco-based Stop AAPI Hate. Francisco, who is following the discrimination and fear of foreigners against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The group said those reported events were “Only a fraction” of the actual number.
Recent attacks include an Asian-American woman brutally assaulted during the day outside a luxury apartment building in New York City and an elderly Asian-American woman fighting a man who attacked her on a San Fran street. Cisco
The incident shook the AAPI community, with some considering leaving areas such as San Francisco, where multiple unproven attacks had been carried out. Concerns peaked last month after eight people were shot and killed at three Georgia spas. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent, although officials have not said the shooting was racial motive.
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In the aftermath of the attacks, protesters flock to the streets of major cities across the country, including New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco to protest a wave of violence.
Attacks on Asian Americans are not just physical.
A joint survey with USA TODAY last month showed Asian Americans reported the largest single increase in hate and online harassment in the past year. About 17% of Asian Americans report sexual harassment, stalking, physical harassment and other incidents, up from 11% last year, according to a survey by the anti-hate group ADL.
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