NYC's Asian Communities Banding Together For Safety Amid Rise In Hate Crimes

The number of hate crimes being investigated by the NYPD has sharply increased in recent weeks. Now, some residents in Asian communities are banding together for their own safety; CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: The number of hate crimes being investigated by the NYPD has sharply increased in recent weeks. And as a result, some residents in Asian communities are banding together for their own safety. CBS 2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas explains.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: The NYPD is now keeping a watchful eye over the Asian communities in Flushing, Queens. But weeks earlier--

TERESA TING: It is important that we just know how to fend for each other, because we can't always rely on other people and sit around and wait.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Theresa Ting created Main Street Patrol-- a group of volunteers who gather on the weekends to be the eyes and ears of downtown. This, after a woman was attacked in the area as so many around her watched.

TERESA TING: Because we want to make sure things don't go unnoticed and unreported, and the perpetrator does not get away.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Organizations Stop AAPI, or Asian-American Pacific Islander, Hate has documented more than 3,700 hate incidents and crimes targeting Asian communities across the country over the past year.

MANJU KULKARNI: When you use words like Wuhan virus, China virus, Kung Flu, you're really putting people in harm's way. And in fact, our data shows that over 700 incidents actually used or involve those kind of comments.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: According to Stop AAPI Hate, a vast majority of incidents involve name calling or verbal harassment that does not rise to the level of a crime, but they say that does not mean it should be ignored.

MANJU KULKARNI: We are advocating for really strong civil rights infrastructure across the country so that we can get at those 90% of cases that are still so traumatic.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Meanwhile, Ting is trying to do her part--

TERESA TING: It's more about bringing humanity together.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: --to keep the neighborhood she calls her second home safe. In Flushing, Queens, Aundrea Cline-Thomas, CBS 2 News.