Violent attacks against Asian-Americans on rise in US

More than 2,800 attacks have been reported since the start of the pandemic, according to an advocacy group.
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There is news tonight about the growing incidence of racist and often violent attacks against asian-americans in this country. More than 2,800 reports since the pandemic began. The community in Oakland, California, showing its frustration after several attacks. Here's zohreen shah. Reporter: Tonight, in Oakland, California, growing calls for police to help stop attacks against asian-americans. Two days and they still haven't responded to us yet? Reporter: It comes after several brazen assaults. In Oakland, two men knocking down a 70-year-old woman and robbing her. Her granddaughter saying she was injured. She's traumatized. She did get, like, really bad bruises. Reporter: And in this chinatown shop, a man hovering behind a customer, snatching their wallet when they tried to pay. Advocates say they're tracking a disturbing trend. Over 2,800 accounts of anti-asian hate nationwide from the start of the pandemic through December. Oakland's new police chief telling ABC he's committed to sending more officers into asian-american neighborhoods. When we have communities that are non-english speaking, that sometimes we have to actually assign people who can communicate with this community. We understand that they have fears of reporting crime. Reporter: The chief says they're still trying to figure out what's behind the string of attacks. Police hoping to see a drop in cases with recent arrests and stepped-up patrols. Linsey? Zohreen, thank you. Still ahead on "World news

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