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Asian American assaulted in Culver City for possible hate crime

Culver City Police are investigating a possible hate crime after a man assaulted an Asian American on a sidewalk Monday.

The woman was walking west on the 13300 block of Washington Boulevard just after 1 a.m. to get to work, police said.

A man approached her and asked her for a cigarette, according to a press release from Culver City. She said she didn’t have one and started to walk away. Surveillance footage shows she kept her gaze forward, but the man continued to walk beside her.

“So what, can’t you say hello to a mother, a white boy?” ” He asked. Police said he called her an “Asian mother”.

Then he punched her on the right side of the head, causing her to fall into the street. As she moaned, he continued to scream.

“B—! Do you know what I told you?” He said, standing over her. “I said, ‘Hello, b—!'”

He then walked away, headed west on Washington Boulevard. The woman was treated at a local hospital for severe lacerations to her right ear, police said.

Monday’s incident marks the latest in a wave of attacks on Asian Americans across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, which some have blamed on Asians because of its origins in China.

A recent study looked at 16 U.S. police jurisdictions and found a nationwide peak of 164% in anti-Asian hate crime reports in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same time last year.

A hate crime is an attack on a person or property motivated by race, gender or other protected characteristics.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino report showed that the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans in the first quarter rose from five to 12 in San Francisco, a 140% jump . In Los Angeles, there were nine hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021, compared to five in the same period last year, an 80% change.

The Stop AAPI Hate advocacy organization released another report last month showing the scale of the attacks: name-calling, spitting, pushing, beating and other incidents involving racial slurs.

The Culver City Police Department has asked anyone with information about the Washington Boulevard attack to contact the Detective Office at (310) 253-6300.





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