A New York woman was arrested after harassing workers in a Chinatown salon and yelling anti-Asian slurs at an undercover NYPD officer.
Police say Sharon Williams, 50, stepped into Good Choice for Nails Salon near Manhattan’s Chinatown on Tuesday afternoon and began cursing out workers, at one point telling the employees ‘you brought Coronavirus to this country!’
According to Daily News, Williams then continued her hateful tirade on the sidewalk where she allegedly harassed an Asian pedestrian who turned out to be a plainclothes officer.
Police say she called the officer a ‘monkey’ and a ‘Chinese mother f***** who brought COVID to this country!’ as she was taken into custody.
Since the coronavirus shutdown in the US last march, a report from Stop AAPI Hate has documented at least 3,795 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans in the last year alone.
Police arrested 50-year-old Sharon Williams on Tuesday after she harassed and yelled anti-Asian slurs at employees in a Chinatown salon
Police Williams called the officer a ‘monkey’ and a ‘Chinese mother f***** who brought COVID to this country!’ as she was taken into custody
Police charged Williams with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal trespass.
Her arrest is part of a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the city. The NYPD reports that New York City alone has at least 35 anti-Asian hate crime reports since January, as opposed to 28 in all of 2020.
Raised awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the nation.
The movement gained traction after the high profile March shootings at three spas in Georgia, where a gunman killed eight people, including six Asian women.
Last week surveillance footage caught an elderly 65-year-old Asian woman viciously attacked by a stranger who hurled anti-Asian statements in a random attack in New York City.
Raised awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the nation
In 2020 the United Nations brought attention to the issue, attributing ‘alarming level’ of racist attacks in the US due to COVID -19, the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.
‘Racially motivated violence and other incidents against Asian-Americans have reached an alarming level across the United States since the outbreak of COVID19’ the report said.
The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, reported that anti-Asian hate crimes in America’s largest cities rose 149% in 2020, while overall hate crimes dropped seven percent.
The report found that the hugest surge was in New York, where anti-Asian hate crimes rose from just three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, a 833% increase.