Oakland police arrest elderly Asian people for assault while violence concerns rise American crime


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Authorities arrested a man who was allegedly caught in a video that pushed a 91-year-old Asian man to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown. This case sparked outrage in the United States.

The attack in the city of Northern California was one of three accused of committing the man that day and comes amid warnings from proponents of escalating violence against Asian communities in the United States.

Yahya Muslim, 28, was charged on Monday in connection with the three Chinese attacks for assault, battery and elderly abuse, and is being held on bail for $ 85,000.

Video documenting the first event on January 31st showed it to a person he pushed the 91-year-old man vigorously toward the sidewalk and sent him on a flight. The police later he said the man pushed a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman down the same block to the ground. She lost consciousness.

All three victims had to be treated in a local hospital.

The video caught the attention of as-interested Asian Americans as actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu, who offered a $ 25,000 reward for information about the attack. “The number of hate crimes against Asian Americans is steadily increasing, despite repeated calls for help.” tweeted. – The crimes were ignored and even acquitted.

The actors tweeted to “remember Vincent Chin,” a Chinese American man who was blown to death by two white laborers in 1982 in Detroit at a time of anti-Asian hatred. They didn’t serve a prison.

The attacks in Oakland came at a time when many in the Bay Area began changing their social media photos to draw attention to last month’s unprovoked murder of an 84-year-old Thai man in San Francisco. The video of the attack shows a person running at Vicha Ratanapakdee’s “gentle, almost blind” grandfather and pushing him to the ground on his morning walk. Ratanapakdee died of his injuries two days later.

“Our family has suffered several verbal anti-Asian attacks since the start of the pandemic,” Ratanapakdee’s son-in-law, Eric Lawson, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page. – It was fatal this time.

Authorities arrested and charged 19-year-old Antoine Watson with murder in connection with the murder of Ratanapakdee and 20-year-old Malaysia Goo with belonging to the fact.

On Friday, Lunar New Year, Wu and other Asian celebrities reported, among other violence, the murder of Ratanapakdee and called for greater awareness.

“I didn’t post these, but after seeing some of them comment, who had no idea it was going on,” Wu wrote in an Instagram post. “Vicha Ratanapakdee was taking care of her own affairs when she was brutally fought and killed. As you can see, this was not robbery but hatred. “