Dallas Morning News - In late March, a man walked up to OMG Tacos, an Asian fusion restaurant in Richardson. The restaurant had closed its doors earlier that month and was operating through a makeshift service window.
‘Hey, do you have the coronavirus?’ he asked. The employee handling his order was confused. “No, why would you ask that?” she said. She was wearing a cloth mask. “Well, because you work with him,” the man said, pointing to an Asian American man behind her. . .
Stanley Mark, an attorney for the New York-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said that police have to determine if an assault was motivated substantially by animosity against someone’s race or other identifiers, including gender, religion and national origin.
Some cases have a “context of racial animus, but it’s not exactly clear what the motive was,” he said. “You can’t get into the mind of the perpetrators unless you catch them. In these instances, a lot of the people are not caught by the police or arrested because they can’t be found.”
One such case involved two men who attacked a 90-year-old Asian American woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., and set her on fire on July 14. The police initially did not put out a public bulletin about the crime, said Don Lee, a volunteer at the community center the woman attends. . .