NYPD: Classify brutal attack against 89-year old Asian woman a Hate Crime.

NYPD: Classify brutal attack against 89-year old Asian woman a Hate Crime.

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Petition to
NYC City Council Member Mark Treyger and

Why this petition matters

Started by Racism is a Virus


On Friday, July 14 in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, an 89-year old Asian woman was assaulted and SET ON FIRE by two people in masks. The police are not classifying this as a hate crime, despite the fact nothing led up to this, she didn’t know them, and they didn’t try to take her wallet. 

Not having this heinous act classified as a hate crime changes the way in which the police investigate, and it minimizes the context of racism Asians experience in this country. It’s ERASURE. 

Enough. This could have been any one of our mothers, grandmothers, aunties, or friends. This failure to keep us safe from pandemic and racism should anger everyone. 

We want:


  • Contact Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and the Brooklyn DA’s Action Center at (718) 250-2340 or email DAAction@Brooklynda.org.
  • Participate in our campaign on social media to hold the NYPD 62nd Precinct accountable for classifying the incident in Bensonhurst as a hate crime. Share a picture of your own Grandmother and use the hashtags #TheyCan’tBurnUsAll, #RacismIsAVirus, and #IAmNotAVirus and show who these racist hate crimes could harm. Tag the 62nd Precinct @NYPD62Pct on Facebook and Twitter, and @NYPD on Instagram.
  • Take it one step further and get our elders registered to vote locally and nationally by participating in initiatives from APIAvote.org.
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