Law enforcement in Suffolk County CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported on Monday.
Wei Wei Zhang is cheering on his Long Island Asian-American community as pain continues.
“In Plainview, an Uber driver, he refused to bring someone with an Asian face … “Let’s go back to China,” even though he is also American, “said Zhang, from the Asian American Advisory Board in Suffolk County, said.
“Our message is very simple. We will not tolerate hate in Suffolk County, ” District Attorney Timothy Sini.
DA Sini, assisted by eight district attorney assistants specially trained on bias-related crimes, has formed a special unit to prosecute hate crimes.
“Having an independent hate crime unit is very unique,” said Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.
In addition to imprisonment, convicts will receive anti-bias education in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission.
“It hurts. Whether it’s women, men, transsexuals, blacks, browns, Asians, it escalates very quickly,” said Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, president of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. know.
Victims say crime hatred and bias in policy control create a message of intolerance and discrimination that resonates throughout the community.
Recent statistics from the Justice Department show that black drivers in Suffolk County are four times more likely to crash when stopping than white drivers. Hispanic drivers are twice as likely to overturn.
“Here we are controlled differently. They wanted to pull us out of the car and search us… I was so scared, ”Robert Johnson said Wyandanch.
“It is very alarming. I speak from personal experience, the color of my skin. But the statistics don’t lie, ”said Dawn Lott from the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission.
“The diversity that exists in this district is one of our strengths that we honor,” says Steve Bellone, Suffolk County CEO.
He urged citizens to report all hate crimes, pledging that all will be investigated and brought to justice.