Eric McBurney, a Taiwan-born public defender from San Francisco, has received hate mail for representing 39-year-old homeless man Steven Jenkins, who is being accused Attack on a 75-year-old grandmother March.
The defence: McBurney, 48, told the New York Times that Jenkins’ mind is broken.
McBurney went on to state that the case “had nothing to do with anti-Asian hatred,” adding, “Mr. Jenkins has had an average of five mental emergencies a year for the past five years. “
Also the defense attorney played the footage of events prior to the attack on Xiao Zhen Xie. There it showed Jenkins, who has been homeless for over a decade and mingles with other homeless people in the area of the UN Plaza.
Unidentified people have also been seen attacking Jenkins.
Jenkins also attacked another Asian who was not caught on camera.
Hatred and rejection: In the interview, McBurney admitted that he knew what he was getting into when the San Francisco Public Defender bureau assigned him the case.
His extended family from Taiwan also criticized him when they found out that he was defending Jenkins.
McBurney, who was adopted by a white couple as a teenager, said he understood racism against Asians after experiencing it and otherness “in cities where I am the entire Asian population,” so SFist.
Despite all the negativity, McBurney said he loved it and that he saw this kind of attention as “extra motivation.”
“When the whole world is against your client, a public defender says, ‘Yes, this is my job,'” he said.
Xie’s family raised nearly $ 1 million GoFundMe. In an update Monday, her family said they will keep $ 120,000 and donate the majority of it to the nonprofit Asian Community Assistance Association (ACAA), whose goal is to “continue to protect the AAPI community, safety to promote and prevent a further increase ”. in Asian hate crimes. “
Selected image via KRON (left), @DennisKPIX (right)
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