Hate crimes against Asian Americans have surged since the start of the pandemic. Some blame former President Trump's rhetoric for the increase. Jamie Yuccas reports.
NORAH O'DONNELL: Tonight CBS News is investigating the troubling rise in anti-Asian attacks. Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic. We get more now on this from CBS's Jamie Yuccas.
JAMIE YUCCAS: The owner at this butcher shop in Sacramento says she's frightened after security cameras captured a man tossing a dead cat in her parking lot.
- You feel like this is a hate crime?
- Of course. There's really no doubt about it.
JAMIE YUCCAS: More than 3,000 hate incidents directed at Asian-Americans nationwide have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic, according to one advocacy group. A 91-year-old Asian man in Oakland was thrown to the ground. In New York City, an Asian-American woman was violently assaulted in broad daylight. And this violent attack on 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee, a Thai-American who later died from his injuries.
DONALD TRUMP: With the China virus--
JAMIE YUCCAS: Some blame the rise of anti-Asian-American discrimination on the former president's rhetoric.
DONALD TRUMP: Kung-flu.
TAM NGUYEN: Watching this violence against Asian-Americans is just so upsetting.
JAMIE YUCCAS: Tam Nguyen is part of a community organization that's working to raise awareness about anti-Asian hate crimes. There's also a Twitter campaign.
TAM NGUYEN: Whether it's speaking up, whether it's sharing, or whether it's lending a hand and reaching out to your Asian-American friends.
JAMIE YUCCAS: The victims also include Air Force vet Denny Kim, assaulted last week in Los Angeles.
DENNY KIM: It's absolutely senseless, and it really breaks my heart.
JAMIE YUCCAS: This week, California's governor signed a bill into law that will devote nearly a million and a half dollars tracking anti-Asian hate crimes. Lawmakers hope the information gathered will ultimately lead to solutions that will make communities safer. Norah.
NORAH O'DONNELL: Jamie Yuccas, thank you so much.