Oakland announces plan to fight uptick in hate crimes against Asian-Americans

Police Chief Leronne Armstrong will spearhead a new initiative, encouraging communication and trust with law enforcement when reporting crime.
2:36 | 02/14/21

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Transcript for Oakland announces plan to fight uptick in hate crimes against Asian-Americans
And the newly sworn police chief in Oakland, California, revealing his plan in his first national TV interview to try to stop the growing attacks on Asian Americans in the bay area. President Biden and a number of Hollywood actors have been speaking out about this problem. ABC's zohreen shah joins us this morning with more. Good morning to you, zohreen. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. We spoke to Oakland's newest police chief about crimes against Asian Americans. One of the first things he's trying to do in this job is try to help these communities. This morning, Oakland's newest police chief leronne Armstrong speaking out to a TV network for the first time about the uptick of violence against Asian Americans and announcing a new plan to fight it. One of my newest initiatives is to have a liaison for our chinatown community so they can feel comfortable and know they have a direct contact and resource. Reporter: The group stop aapi hate says since mid-march 2020 until the end of 2020 they received over 2800 accounts of anti-asian attacks. Recent attacks including a 91-year-old man pushed to the ground in the city's chinatown two weeks ago, and a 70-year-old woman knocked to the ground and robbed by two men days later. In this chinatown shop, a man hovered behind a customer waiting to snatch their wallet when they tried to pay. Chief Armstrong now saying that his liaisons will report directly to him and speak other language. We have to assign people who can communicate with this community. Reporter: This comes among other steps including more patrols. We also asked officers when they have a break, they can park in the public's view in chinatown. Reporter: Overnight, hundreds showing up at a community vigil in Oakland's chinatown, to denounce those attacks. Some expressing frustration with police response. Two days and they still haven't responded to us yet? What's your message to them? I heard their ask and I'm responding, my hope is they see this is my offer of partnership, the doubling-down on the goal of building trust in our community. Reporter: In Oakland's chinatown, the head of the chamber of commerce says he knows at least 20 hate crimes against Asian Americans in the last few weeks, and there could

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