- The Justice Department is prioritizing a review of anti-Asian hate crime management.
- Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the new efforts in a statement Tuesday.
- Garland says he wants the Justice Department to re-commit to using its resources to fight hatred.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Tuesday that the Justice Department would be examining how to counter anti-Asian violence over the next 30 days.
The review was announced in a letter from Garland received by CBS Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues and shared on Twitter by his colleague, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang.
Hate crimes against Asian American citizens have increased over the past year, and Garland said he wanted the Justice Department to re-commit to using its resources to fight hate. He said the Justice Department will consider ways to better track reports of hate crimes and incidents, prioritize criminal investigations, use law enforcement to ensure there is no bias, and ensure that U.S. law firms are provided with resources to protect against hate are.
“As these efforts continue, the Department will seek justice for the victims of mass murderers that we have seen too many times in recent years – murders that have rocked our communities, torn our social fabric and undermined ours most.” Core values, “he said.
Garland added that he will continue to use community outreach organizations and law enforcement agencies to help prevent further hate crimes.
In mid-March, a mass shooting at massage parlors and spas in the Atlanta area that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, highlighted the rising trend of anti-Asian violence and hate crime.
Violence against Asians and Americans from Asia has increased since early 2020 as COVID-19 spread around the world and continued decades of painful discrimination and violence against Asians in America. Insider Ryan Barber recently reported that Garland, a veteran federal attorney and longtime federal judge, plans to restore morale and increase camaraderie in the ministry after the January 6 riot.
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