The San Francisco Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a new campaign to encourage members of the public ,who are targets or victims of hate crimes, to report all incidents as according to Federal officials these type of aggressions are usually underreported to federal and local law enforcement.
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sid Patel said;
“FBI San Francisco is surging our resources to combat hate crimes, and we will use all authority granted to us by federal law to investigate civil rights violations. I urge members of our community to report any hate incidents to local or federal law enforcement so we can bring offenders to justice”
The FBI San Francisco Division announced that their new strategy to combat hate crimes includes federal investigative activity, law enforcement partner coordination, community outreach, and the launch of a public awareness campaign.
They have now placed an ad on a San Francisco Muni train that says "Speak Up, Be Heard, Report Now. Report Hate Crimes to the FBI." They also direct members of the public to the tips.fbi.gov website where victims can report hate crimes and do so in any language.
Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds commented regarding FBI’s efforts to tackle hate crime;
“We applaud and support these efforts and will continue to coordinate closely with the FBI in this vital enforcement area. In addition, we will do our part to ensure all federal law enforcement components are using the available tools to prosecute and bring to justice anyone who violates the hate crime statutes, and will vigorously enforce the federal civil rights laws.”
FBI states that a hate crime is a violent criminal act against a person or property motivated “in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity”. San Francisco there has been a wave of attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since the start of the pandemic last year.
On Tuesday, May 4, two elderly Asian females were stabbed in the area of 4th and Stockton Streets in broad daylight. The victims aged 84 and 63 suffered from multiple stab wounds and police are yet to confirm if the incident was motivated by racial bias. A 54-year-old male has now been arrested and charged with attempted murder and elder abuse.
In March, an 83-year-old Vietnamese man was assaulted while shopping at a local farmers market and a 75-year-old grandmother was punched in the face at a San Francisco intersection waiting to cross the street.Nationwide, as stated by recently released data, anti-Asian hate crime rose 169% during the first quarter of 2021 in comparison to the same period in 2020.
If you have been the victim of a hate crime or other violation of your civil rights, please contact the FBI San Francisco Division by calling (415) 553-7400