Georgia sheriff official under fire for anti-Asian social media post

Georgia sheriff official under fire for anti-Asian social media post”

There are 941,057 Asian Americans in the state, more than 10% of the population, according to Jersey Promise, an advocacy group for Asian Americans in the state. Lijian insisted that Washington take steps to quell the allegedly rising number of racially motivated crimes against Asians in the US.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Capt Jay Baker said investigators had interviewed Long that morning.

Long has admitted carrying out the attacks according to law enforcement but claims he was not motivated by racial hatred. In doing that, I have become intimately privy to the challenges we have faced as a permanent alien class in this country. "It is unacceptable, it is hateful, and it has to stop".

Both Atlanta Police and Cherokee County sheriff's department are investigating the shootings.

He had been charged Wednesday with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault for the shootings.

Long waived the right he had to an initial hearing in Cherokee County Magistrate Court. Four of the victims died.

Through tears, Wills said, "I see my mom, myself, my sisters, my employees - they're my family and if anything happened to them, I don't think I'd know what to do". His account included a photo of Baker in uniform outside the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. "They just need someone to step up and lead them", Reid said. The victims were Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Xiaojie Tan, 49, and Daoyou Feng, 44.

The shooting spree started at Young's Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia. A Kim Kardashian follower wrote: "Asians are humans?"

About an hour later, police responded to a call about a robbery and found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at Gold Spa. Police found three women slain. After the shootings, she told China Daily that she felt very nervous and made a decision to close the restaurant early.

San Francisco police officers patrol Chinatown on March 17, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans jumped by 149% in 16 major US cities from 2019 to 2020, according to a study released this month by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

"For over a year Asian Americans have been fighting an additional virus of hate and bigotry", said Representative Grace Meng of Queens, New York. That is a story even I had never heard until recently.

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The White House announced that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris would visit the USA metropolis in Georgia on Friday and meet with Asian-American leaders to "discuss the ongoing attacks and threats against the community".

President Joe Biden said he was withholding judgment about the motivation behind the shootings until there is more information.

"Violence against Asian communities has been under the radar. for many years", she said adding that despite her pain over the shootings, she also feels "resilience". But authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the attacks were motivated at least in part by some other grievance, including anti-Asian sentiments.

"Asian American communities were already set on edge".

According to a report released on Tuesday by Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit organization, Asian Americans were targeted in almost 3,800 hate incidents in the past year.

Vigils were held in several United States cities on Wednesday to mourn the victims of the shootings and condemn racially motivated violence.

Georgia is home to almost 500,000 people of Asian origin, or just over four percent of its population, according to the Asian American Advocacy Fund.

HAGEN: Bagger says she's frustrated police aren't calling the incident racist violence.

Lisa Hagen of member station WABE in Atlanta joins us now with more.

Harris said the shootings speak "to a larger issue, which is the issue of violence in our country and what we must do to never tolerate it and to always speak out against it".

Numerous Asian American organizations say Trump's rhetoric has emboldened people to express anti-Asian or anti-immigrant views. However, her words stoked a sort of controversy. "Please stand up, condemn this violence, and help us #StopAsianHate".

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