Washington — Senator Tammy Duckworth on Sunday known as for a “deeper investigation” into the motive behind thefinal week that left eight individuals useless, together with six Asian ladies, in addition to different crimes towards Asian Individuals.
Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois and the primary Thai American elected to Congress, informed “Face the Nation” that the taking pictures “seems racially motivated to me,” and mentioned she has requested FBI Director Chris Wray and Lawyer Basic Merrick Garland to look at whether or not hate crimes towards Asian Individuals are underreported.
“From the place I sit, I need to see a deeper investigation into whether or not or not these shootings and different related crimes are racially motivated. It seems racially motivated to me,” Duckworth mentioned Sunday. “However I am not, you realize, I am not a police officer, I am not investigating the crimes. What I’ve executed, although, is I’ve really despatched a letter to Director Wray and to Lawyer Basic Garland asking for a deeper investigation into crimes that contain Asian-Individuals to see what number of crimes have really been underreported as hate crimes.”
“We all know that crimes towards Asian-Individuals which have been categorized as hate crimes have elevated by over 150% in our nation’s main cities,” Duckworth continued. “That is over 3,800 further crimes final yr. However we additionally know that many of those crimes go underreported as hate crimes and are simply labeled as a mugging, or harassment or vandalism when actually they had been focused at Asian-Individuals and Pacific Islanders particularly.”
Asian ladies particularly have been “commoditized and “over-sexualized,” Duckworth mentioned. As hate crimes towards Asian Individuals have elevated over the past yr, two-thirds of the victims have been Asian-American ladies, she mentioned.
The suspect within the spa shootings, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Lengthy, is in custody and has been charged with eight counts of homicide on Wednesday. Police have mentioned the suspect denied the killings had been racially motivated. As an alternative, police mentioned Lengthy informed investigators he had a “sexual dependancy” and seen the spas as a temptation he needed to get rid of.
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