Undercover New York City police will begin to act as bait to prevent hate crimes from happening.
“We will use plainclothes and team police to prevent New Yorkers from becoming victims in the first place. I say this to make this message clear to everyone. The next person you target may be the plainclothes police in New York City, whether through words or Threatening activities, or anything else walking on sidewalks or train platforms. So please think twice,” New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news conference.
Officials declined to say how many undercover personnel were used as bait.
The head of the department, Rodney Harrison, said that there is a “strong team” consisting of undercover personnel.
“They will receive training immediately and we will send them there as soon as possible,” he said.
In recent months, the city’s hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased. The New York Police Department recorded 27 incidents in 2020, which is higher than the single report of the previous year.
Even though the total number of reported incidents dropped from 420 to 265, this jump still occurred.
This year the police are investigating or solving 12 anti-Asian attacks.
“Like most parts of the United States, we have seen a surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans in New York City, which is disturbing,” Shay said.
The number of people in other big cities also increased last year, but overall, Asian Americans rarely encountered such incidents. Most of the victims of hate crimes in New York City are Jews.
The New York Police Department established an Asian hate crime task force last year, which includes 25 Asian American police officers who speak English and at least one additional language. Officials have not yet formed a similar working group to deal with anti-Semitic crimes.
As Stewart Loo retires, two new detectives are joining the task force, and Tommy Ng will take over as its leader.
As part of efforts to combat hate crimes, officials of the New York Police Department recently held forums in predominantly Asian communities and distributed posters and flyers to businesses and residents there to let them know what happens if they become victims of hate crimes. Report an attack.
“People want to know,’What should I do? What are the rules? Who should I contact? How do I get out? How can we have more diversity in the New York Police Department?'” Harrison said.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times