Man Arrested for Hate Crime against Asian-American in NYC

Jarrod Powell (49) was arrested by police early on Tuesday morning for attacking a 61 years old Asian man in New York last week, according to NYPC. Powell faces two counts of felony assault. Powell approached the victim at East Harlem corner last Friday, hit and kicked the victim’s head multiple times until his skull broke.

NYPD stated and released the photo of the suspect and investigating this incident as “a hate crime.” The victim transferred to the local hospital and have significant injuries. Since the pandemic began in the U.S., racist hate crime against Asian-Americans significantly increased by almost 150%.

According to PolitiFact, The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020, even though hate crimes overall had declined. These hate crimes’ targets are women and older men in the 16 major big cities.

Hate crimes are undercounted due to trauma that it recalls the scene to bring back due to fear. Most of the hate-crime suspects are using verbal assault and physically attacking people who do not speak English fluently, and victims are unable to defend themselves due to their weaker physicality.

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