Transcript for Hollywood stars speak up after attacks against Asian-Americans caught on camera
We're going to turn now to that disturbing uptick in violence against elderly asian-americans. Kayna Whitworth is in San Francisco with more and the prominent asian-american actors speaking out against the good morning, kayna. Reporter: Yeah, Michael, good morning. So these attacks are getting the attention of Hollywood, law enforcement and the white house alike. President Biden signing an executive order, his first week in office, acknowledging racism towards asian-americans, but still some people are saying they simply are afraid for their lives. A rise in disturbing attacks. The violence involving mostly elderly asian-americans. This 71-year-old grandmother pushed to the ground. Beaten and left in the street last week. She's traumatized. She did get like really bad bruises. Reporter: Police investigating a recent string of attacks in the bay area but community leaders say there people have been on edge all year. The numbers are much higher and the attack is more severe and more serious and it's getting more violent. Reporter: Do you feel that elderly asian-americans are being targeted? Yes, because, you know, they're elder, they're frail and cannot fight back. Reporter: In response to what it calls an alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry since the beginning of the pandemic, stop hate launched a tracking project reporting 2800 firsthand accounts including violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying, in 47 states and the district of Columbia. For me it was like I had enough. It was enough of this. Reporter: After seeing this video of a 91-year-old man pushed to the ground in Oakland's chinatown, Daniel Wu and Daniel Dae Kim spoke out and offered a $25,000 reward for an arrest. The way we see it is that it's not one community against another. It's everyone versus racism. Reporter: Police arrested a 28-year-old man Monday who they say also attacked two other people. The Alameda county district attorney creating a specialized team to address the issue telling ABC news, since the onset of covid-19, we have seen an uptick in crime against asian-americans. Private security has been hired and police have promised a greater presence but as the lunar new year approach, the ar of ongoing attacks still exists. And that's a sad thing for us because this is a time to normally to rejoice and be happy but right now everyone is in fear and anxiety. Reporter: Now this is the first time in 150 years San Francisco has had to cancel their parade amid covid concerns but you can see festivities will still go on and in an effort to make that go smoothly they're getting calls from across the country from people that want to help sending in personal alarm, whistles and, George, youth groups have volunteered to escort senior citizens around. That's good to see them step up. Kayna, thanks very much.
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