Crime in New York City increased in March compared to the same time last year, with murders increasing 36% and a staggering increase in hate crime attacks against Asian Americans, police said.
Hate crimes against Asian-Americans soared last month, with 31 hate crimes reported in March 2021, and none recorded in the same month of 2020, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said Tuesday. .
The Big Apple also saw a 36% increase in murders in March 2021, when 34 were reported compared to 25 murders the previous year. The number of shootings also increased, from 56 to 99, or an increase of nearly 77%, police said.
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The total crime rate increased slightly in March 2021, increasing 2.4% year-over-year, according to NYPD statistics. However, the number of thefts and robberies reported during the month decreased compared to March 2020.
Police saw an overall decline, albeit only 3%, in recorded hate crimes across all demographic groups during March. But the NYPD also saw a 40% increase in hate crimes against people based on their sexual orientations, as well as jumps in hate crimes such as those that were classified as “ethnic” and “other.” said the police.
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In one of the most notable incidents, a 65-year-old woman was the victim of an unprovoked attack on March 29, while walking toward a church in Manhattan.
Her attacker, later identified as 38-year-old Brandon Elliot, repeatedly kicked and hit the woman and said, “Fuck you, you don’t believe here, Asian …” according to law enforcement documents and The authorities. Elliot was held without bail during his arraignment on charges of assault in the second degree as a hate crime and attempted assault in the first degree as a hate crime.
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Records show that Elliot, who was on probation for murdering his mother, is currently being held on Rikers Island.