Police step up patrols in Asian communities on LI following Georgia killings

Police on Long Island say there has been no increase in anti-Asian crimes, but they are increasing patrols in Asian communities.

News 12 Staff

Mar 19, 2021, 9:53 PM

Updated 1,120 days ago

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Police departments across the Island say they'll be stepping up their presence in Asian communities in the wake of the deadly shootings in Georgia.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlanta days after a gunman killed eight people, most of whom were Asian American, working in massage parlors. The killings come after a spike of anti-Asian violence nationally.
The presidential trip was planned before the shooting.
Long Island Chinese American Association President Gordon Zhang says the fear caused by recent events is making the situation even worse.
"I have a lot of friends talk to me, not only Chinese Americans, also Korean and other Asian groups ... there's a fear, definitely," says Zhang.
Police on Long Island say there has been no increase in anti-Asian crimes, but they are increasing patrols in Asian communities.
Chinese community leaders say Asians are facing hate -- but they're just choosing not reporting the incidents to police. But Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says people should not be fearful to report incidents.
"Please come forward. Don't hesitate to call us because you're concerned about immigration, you're concerned about retaliation," says Ryder.
Biden said in a statement, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing crisis of gender-based and anti-Asian violence that has long plagued our nation."


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