The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force has launched an investigation into an incident in which a group of teenagers reportedly threw basketballs at a 13-year-old Asian Americans head and shouted Go back to China.
WABC-TV reporter CeFaan Kim reported the incident Thursday.
13-year-old Asian American boy attacked by group of teens throwing basketballs at his head while yelling ‘Go back to China… stupid f******* Chinese, Go back to your country’ … on a court in Browne Park Flushing, Queens. 6:30p Tues, Kim tweeted.
Sources: 13-year-old Asian American boy attacked by group of teens throwing basketballs at his head while yelling Go back to China… stupid f******* Chinese, Go back to your country … on a court in Browne Park Flushing, Queens. 6:30p Tues #StopAsianHateCrimes#StopAsianHate
CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) March 18, 2021
This incident occurred the same day that a gunman killed eight people at massage parlors in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women.
Rep. Grace MengGrace MengLawmakers warn of surge in violence against Asian Americans after Georgia shootingsSchumer, Gillibrand call on Cuomo to resignHow two controversies collided for CuomoMORE (D-N.Y.), who is Asian, retweeted Kims tweet, adding, My son is the same age. My son loves basketball. This is in my district. Assaults like these are why moms have been texting me saying theres no way theyre letting their kids go outside to play anymore.
My son is the same age. My son loves basketball. This is in my district. Assaults like these are why moms have been texting me saying theres no way theyre letting their kids go outside to play anymore. https://t.co/avsEUuZuiS
Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) March 18, 2021
Detectives @NYPDHateCrimes are investigating this crime, the NYPD Hate Crimes Twitter account commented under Mengs tweet.
Detectives @NYPDHateCrimes are investigating this crime.
NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 19, 2021
The Hill has reached out to the NYPD for further information.
The rising number of anti-Asian incidents and hate crimes occurring in the U.S. have spurred outrage in Washington and around the country.
The House Judiciary Committees civil rights subcommittee on Thursday held a hearing in which it denounced the rise of violence against Asian-Americans.
For many Asian-Americans, Tuesday’s shocking events felt like the inevitable culmination of a year in which there were nearly 3,800 reported incidents of anti-Asian hate incidents that grew increasingly more violent over time as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, subpanel Chairman Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenFeds looking at communications between lawmakers, Capitol rioters: reportMissouri man indicted for allegedly threatening two congressmenTim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riotMORE (D-Tenn.) said at the hearing, referencing a recent study from the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate, which refers to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
When politicians use terms like China Virus or Kung Flu [it] is the effect intentional or not of putting a target on the backs of all Asian-Americans, Cohen added, mentioning terms popularized by former President TrumpDonald TrumpBorder surge scrambles Senate immigration debateGOP looks to measures barring trans athletes to rally votersHouse GOP holdouts muddle Trump vaccine messageMORE.
Meng and Rep. Judy ChuJudy May ChuJudy Chu blames Trump for rising anti-Asian hate after Atlanta shootingAtlanta killings underscore troubling rise in anti-Asian violenceBiden to nominate Obama alum Ahuja to lead Office of Personnel ManagementMORE (D-Calif.) have both blamed Trump for contributing to the rising violence against Asian Americans due to his rhetoric.
“President Trump clearly stoked the flames of xenophobia against AAPIs with his rhetoric, Chu said during a press conference on Wednesday.