PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s police commissioner is using social media to condemn what she describes as “hateful and racist vandalism in Chinatown and South Philadelphia.” Additionally, there’s another alleged attack being investigated by police.
Eyewitness News has confirmed both Philadelphia and SEPTA Police are looking into an alleged assault of two Indonesian youths at the City Hall station this past Sunday. It comes as Philadelphia’s top cop calls out what she describes as a “surge in racist rhetoric and violence.”READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
“We are at a crisis point,” Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s Executive Director John Chin said.
That is how Chin describes the escalating number of harassment cases and hate crimes against Asian Americans happening here in Philadelphia since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Some were pushed and shoved, water splashed on them. What’s really disgusting is some people were spat on,” Chin said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw tweeted out Wednesday afternoon that the city is “actively investigating several incidents of hateful and racist vandalism in Chinatown and South Philadelphia,” saying, “this national and local surge in racist rhetoric & acts of violence will not be tolerated.”
We are actively investigating several incidents of hateful and racist vandalism in Chinatown and South Phila. This national and local surge in racist rhetoric & acts of violence will not be tolerated. We denounce acts of hate targeted towards individuals and groups based on 1/2
— Danielle M. Outlaw (@PPDCommish) March 24, 2021
..their race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. Anyone dealing with incidents of racial bias or intimidation are strongly encouraged to report it at their local police district or call 911. Individuals have the right to receive assistance in their own language.2/2 pic.twitter.com/FOCPcjE2Bd
— Danielle M. Outlaw (@PPDCommish) March 24, 2021READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
“Friday morning, we noticed the graffiti sprayed onto one of our planters in Chinatown,” Chin said.
This is a photo of that vandalism at 10th and Vine Streets.
Philadelphia Police also confirmed another incident at 24th and Montrose Streets.
“The beginning of 2021 is worse than what we’ve seen in 2020,” Chin said.
While the paint has been wiped clean, the effect on the local Asian community is lasting.
“They are afraid to take public transportation to and from work.They stay home, they try to avoid public spaces,” Chin said.
After a peaceful vigil was held here to protest anti-Asian hate, on Thursday, a Rally for Solidarity will start here at 3 p.m. Participants will then march to City Hall starting at 4 p.m.MORE NEWS: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
CBS3’s Alicia Roberts reports.