District Attorneys: Data shows hate crime is on the rise
King County prosecutors say data shows an increase in hate crimes in King County. Alyana Gomez reports from the 13th quarter.
KING COUNTY, wash. – – King County’s attorneys say data shows Seattle is among the cities with the highest rates of hate crimes, with more victims reporting the crimes and a qualified bias crime detective handling these cases, are specified.
Alarming new numbers show a significant increase in hate crimes in King County. In a press conference on Tuesday, prosecutors revealed the data to secure it.
In 2018, 30 hate crimes were reported in King County, and 39 cases were reported in 2019. By 2020 the total had increased significantly to 59.
We are now at 7 cases for the beginning of 2021.
“Asian-American communities are increasingly alarmed because of the negative thought and inaccurate thought that Asian Americans are the cause of the spread of Covid,” said Leandra Craft, assistant attorney for King County.
The U.S. coronavirus outbreak around this time last year marked the start of a string of cases involving hateful rhetoric against the Asian community.
A man was wanted in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle in May for multiple anti-Asian attacks.
Footage from a surveillance video surfaced when a couple was physically assaulted in downtown Seattle. The couple told police the man asked where you were from and spat in their faces.
“He started asking if you were Chinese. I said no, I am not Thai,” said witness Natthiya Chumdee.
During the pandemic, there were more than 3,000 reports showing anti-Asian discrimination, according to the Asia-Pacific-American Congress caucus.
“I believe there were more hate crimes reported in 2020 than in previous years because of what we saw in society in 2020,” Craft said.
Not to mention tons of other cases that still go unreported.
The King County Attorney’s Office said they saw more cases in North King County – than in South King County. They also said the majority of the cases involve suspects with mental health or drug problems.