NYPD hate crime data fails to capture harassment against older Asians. Harassment cases against NYC Asians rose over the past year, even as assaults and other potential hate crimes against non-Asian victims decreased once the coronavirus hit.
In collaboration with THE CITY, Christine Chung and Weihua Li dug into how the problem is particularly striking for Asian people who are over 65. Advocates wonder why police and prosecutors aren't more aggressively pursuing investigations.
This month alone, undercover Asian police officers were targeted in three incidents. Recently a 61-year-old was pushing a cart of recyclables when the suspect pushed him down and repeatedly stomped on his head, police say.