Stop Asian Hate rally draws huge crowd in San Francisco

"We don't deserve to get attacked!" A huge crowd gathered outside San Francisco's Hall of Justice to call for an end of violence against the Asian community.

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REGGIE AQUI: Gathering solidarity against hate, Bay Area communities and city leaders taking action against those targeting Asian-Americans with rallies and legislation. Good morning, I'm Reggie Aqui.

REGGIE AQUI: And I'm Kristine Sze. Thanks for joining us. Rallies this morning in San Francisco show the solidarity when it comes to stopping the violence against Asian-Americans.

REGGIE AQUI: ABC 7 News reporter Amy Hollyfield was at one of those rallies, so Amy what did you see?

AMY HOLLYFIELD: A huge rally, Reggie, that had police scrambling to keep people safe as it spilled out into the streets here in front of San Francisco's Hall of Justice. They had a broad message against hate against Asians, but they also had a specific one about a court case that was due in court here this morning.

- We don't deserve to get attacked.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: A huge crowd gathered this morning in front of San Francisco's Hall of Justice to call for an end of violence against Asians with signs and speeches emphasizing they are tired of the attacks, and they are scared.

- Because my mom is 80-years-old, and I tell her, Momma, don't go out and walk in the mornings anymore.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: There were so many people they covered the courthouse steps with the intention of sending a message to district attorney Chesa Boudin. They expect tough sentences in cases of attacks against Asians.

NANCY TUNG: This is how we hold our elected leaders accountable.

- Yes.

- Yes.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: They chose to be here today because the man accused in the death of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was due in court. The crowd wants the DA to know they are watching.

NANCY TUNG: That the community cares about this case, that we are outraged about what has happened, and that public safety is important to us as a community.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: NAACP president, Amos Brown, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with organizers to show solidarity in the fight.

AMOS BROWN: It's called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but for us color comes in all colors. And we welcome you to join the movement.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: We reached out to Chesa Boudin's office to get a comment about this demonstration. We have not heard back but in the past, he has said about this case that he plans to hold the person responsible accountable.