San Francisco city officials vow to crack down on anti-Asian-American hate crime

San Francisco city leaders pledged to step up policing in Asian-American communities after statistics showed that 60 hate crimes were committed against Asians in the city during 2021, up from only nine the year before

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San Francisco city leaders pledged to step up policing in Asian-American communities after statistics showed that 60 hate crimes were committed against Asians in the city during 2021, up from only nine the year before

San Francisco city leaders pledged to step up policing in Asian-American communities on Tuesday after statistics showed that 60 hate crimes were committed against Asians in the city during 2021, up from only nine the year before.

San Francisco's police chief, William Scott, told a news conference that he had already ordered increased officer presence and patrols in Chinatown despite staffing shortages he blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Register"If anybody thinks San Francisco is an easy place to come in and terrorize our Asian communities, you are sadly mistaken. And you will be held accountable. You will be arrested and you will be charged," Scott said.1/4A man wearing a face mask walks through Chinatown, a day after California's Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a statewide "stay at home order" directing the state's nearly 40 million residents to stay in their homes for the foreseeable future in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in San Francisco, California, U.S. March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

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San Francisco is the latest major U.S. city to have marked a sharp upswing in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the past year. New York City police said in December that 129 such incidents had been reported in 2021, compared with 28 in 2020. San Francisco's police chief, William Scott, told a news conference that he had already ordered increased officer presence and patrols in Chinatown despite staffing shortages he blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register "If anybody thinks San Francisco is an easy place to come in and terrorize our Asian communities, you are sadly mistaken. And you will be held accountable. You will be arrested and you will be charged," Scott said. 1/4 A man wearing a face mask walks through Chinatown, a day after California's Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a statewide "stay at home order" directing the state's nearly 40 million residents to stay in their homes for the foreseeable future in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in San Francisco, California, U.S. March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo Read More Scott and Mayor London Breed sought to reassure residents of the city's large Asian-American community ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins on Feb. 1 and will be celebrated in San Francisco with a parade on Feb. 19. "This is an extraordinary community and I am heartbroken, I'm frustrated, I'm embarrassed, I'm angry about the violence that has continued to impact many of the people who are part of our Asian community but especially our seniors," Breed said. Scott said that more than 30 of the hate crimes had been linked to a single individual who was arrested last August. The police chief did not name that suspect but appeared to be referring to Derik Barreto, 36, who was charged on Aug. 16 with smashing the windows of more than two dozen Chinese-owned businesses as he rode through the city on a scooter. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin faces a recall election in June, targeted by activists who accuse him of being soft on crime. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles Additional reporting by Nathan Frandino Editing by Matthew Lewis Our Standards: More from Reuters Daily Briefing Subscribe to our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. Sign up