Federal authorities warn of an increase in Asian American hate crimes

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas breaks down how the coronavirus is unfortunately being linked to Asian Americans.
1:49 | 03/28/20

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And federal authorities are warning of an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans as a corona virus continues to spread across the country the new FBI analysis obtained by ABC news. Says such incidents are likely to surge and acted in danger Asian American communities as many Asian American businesses fear also for their livelihoods. ABC news Chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas is here to explain thanks for joining us Pierre. Good to be reviewed so the national director of the council of Asian Pacific American sold ABC news the intelligence report is an indication of just how serious the problem is saying quote we need to stop dismissing this it's easy to dismiss racism when it does not impact do you so what are you hearing from your sources on what's concerning authorities right now. Lindsay in a word ignorance of some FBI officials are concerned to some Americans are associating than Kobe virus simply would being Asian. The fears here is that there will be a surge in isn't as a bias and hate against Asian Americans here in the US. That's the concern we see in this new report compiled by the FBI's Houston office and sent to local law enforcement agencies. So is our actual evidence of a surgeon bias or are hate crimes. Listen we have to wait to see what the data actually shows but there is some anecdotal evidence of attacks and incidents of bias. The report details cases from Los Angeles to New York to Texas let me tell you about a case from this report from march 14 in Midland Texas were quote. Three Asian American family members including a two year old and a six year old were stamped the suspect indicated he stabbed the family because he thought. The Stanley was Chinese. And infecting people with the corona virus two year old and a six year old attacks which shows you how nonsensical. And ignorant this all can be Lindsay. What a horrific story RI our thanks to you pier we know you'll stay on top of this.

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