A man drove his car through a red light and crashed into a moving crowd at a rally of violence against Asians in Los Angeles on Sunday while repeatedly shouting “Fuck China” in another demonstration of racism against Asians. .
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News that they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Footage from the demonstration at Diamond Bar shows a group of people carrying signs crossing the street as the man, who is in a dark car, steps into the crowd and makes a U-turn while shouting “Fuck China.”
No injuries were reported in the incident.
In another video, the man is seen getting into his car parked on the side of the road and repeats “fuck you China” and “fuck you” to the person filming.
His California license plate is visible in the videos.
The LASD said Tuesday they are working to identify the driver, whom they described as a white male in his fifties.
A person who filmed one of the videos did not respond to a request for comment.
County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who attended the rally and said she was gone minutes before the incident occurred, tweeted that she was “disgusted. “
“This type of racist vitriol occurs far too often in our communities and is exactly why so many AAPI residents, and other residents of color, do not feel safe in their own neighborhoods,” Hahn added.
Diamond Bar is a majority Asian-American and Pacific Island city in Los Angeles County. Approximately 59% of the population identifies as AAPI, based on the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau figures, the most recent available.
There has been a torrent of violent incidents in the United States against Asians, especially Asian elderly, in recent months. Many attacks have not been provoked, and the attackers have committed what appear to be abrupt acts of violence.
Last week, a gunman shot and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, at three spas in the Atlanta area.
The violence has sparked a national recognition of prejudice and hatred against Asian Americans, many of whom have pointed to racist and discriminatory behaviors they have suffered in the past.
A recent report by the Stop AAPI Hate organization found at least 3,795 reported hate incidents against Asian Americans in the past year, from March 2020 to February 2021. The number of actual hate incidents is considered to be much higher , and Stop AAPI Hate cautioned that only self-reported attacks were analyzed in their research.