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This Wednesday A Latina woman was charged with various hate crimes for attacking Asian people in the Upper West Side neighborhood in six recent incidentsaccording to New York authorities.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office stated in a press releaseto that Camila Rodríguez, 29, attacked the victims without provocation in several incidents over a month and a half in the same area the neighborhood west of Central Park.
Rodríguez indiscriminately attacked men and women of Korean, Chinese and Filipino originwho were alone or in a group, and “he pulled their hair, kicked, slapped, and punched them in the face and body, in some cases throwing them to the ground,” the note indicates.
“Hate and harassment have no place on the streets of Manhattan, and New Yorkers of all backgrounds deserve to feel safe,” said District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“We will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute these types of violent and biased attacks. My thoughts are with the victims as they continue to heal,” Bragg added.
The crimes of which Camila Rodríguez is accused:
- Assault in the second degree as a hate crime, a class C felony, one count
- Assault in the third degree as a hate crime, a class E felony, six counts
- Aggravated stalking in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, six counts
In recent years, the number of racist attacks on Asians in New York has increasedespecially after the Covid-19 pandemic, when there was a wave of violence in the United States.
According to the organization Asian American Federation, more than 2,600 New Yorkers of Asian origin have been victims of attacks, harassment or discrimination since January 2020.
What are hate crimes?
Hate crimes, also known as hate crimes, are criminal acts motivated, at least in part, by the perpetrator’s prejudice, bias, or hatred toward an individual or group, particularly based on their race, ethnicity, or national origin. , religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or other protected characteristics.
Hate crimes go beyond typical criminal offenses such as assault, vandalism or harassment, as they involve an additional element of bias.
The motivation behind these crimes is often to intimidate, threaten, or instill fear not only in the immediate victim, but also in the broader community that shares the same characteristics.
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