Then, when witnesses intervened, she called the Asian-American man “Chinese mother f —–“, according to police. But he’s not just another pedestrian, he’s an NYPD undercover agent.
After the NYPD reserve officer arrested the woman, identified by the officer as 50-year-old Sharon Williams, she was charged with harassment as a hate crime and an aggravated threat as a crime of violence. Hate police told The Washington Post.
Williams could not be reached for comment. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer.
The incident, first reported by WLNY, is the latest in a nationwide attack on Asian Americans and comes weeks after shooting at three spas in the Atlanta area killed eight people, including Asian women. Six people The New York Times also reported a sharp increase, with at least 35 reported anti-Asians crimes this year, the New York Times reported, compared with 28 in total last year.
Authorities last month charged a 26-year-old homeless man charged with a hate crime. Punching an asian man Last week, a 38-year-old man accused of assaulting a 65-year-old Asian-American woman, pushing her down and stomping her, has been charged with three hate crimes.
The NYPD created 18 anti-hate crime forces for Asians last year. Two weeks ago, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the department would increase access to Asian communities and send Asian-American officials in Chinatown and other areas of the city with a larger Asian American population.
“The next person you target, whether through speaking, dangerous activity or anything else walking down a sidewalk or train platform, could be a police officer in New York City, think about it,” Shea said at a press conference on Wednesday. March 25
Undercover agents outside Good Choice for Nails Salon on Tuesday were part of that effort, police said.
Tuesday’s incident began around 5pm, police said when Williams entered a salon and threatened physical violence against an Asian-American woman before walking outside and verbal assault. Next
After she was accused of yelling at infantry officers, officers called for a nearby reserve team who helped with Williams’ arrest and sent her to a central reservation.
It is not clear when Williams will appear in court.