A Florida girl who allegedly made anti-Asian remarks to girls was arrested on hate crime prices, together with assault and harassment, on Friday in New York Metropolis.
Madeline Barker, 47, from Merritt Island, Florida, has been accused of utilizing pepper spray towards 4 girls along with the remarks, CNN reported.
The alleged assault within the metropolis’s Meatpacking District is a part of an uptick in hate crimes towards Asian individuals lately.
A report from the Middle for the Research of Hate and Extremism discovered anti-Asian hate crimes elevated by 339% in 2021 in contrast with the yr earlier than, NBC News reported. The report indicated New York Metropolis’s anti-Asian hate crimes elevated by 343% in 2021.
Three of the 4 Asian victims, in an interview with New York news outlet WABC-TV, mentioned the assault started after a girl “picked an argument” with them on the road on June 11.
The victims mentioned the attacker requested them to “return to the place [they] got here from,” mentioned “you don’t belong right here” and informed an Asian man strolling by to “take all of your bitches again to your nation.”
The victims added they tried to do the correct factor by distancing themselves and one mentioned the pepper spray triggered her to be unable to open her eyes for half-hour.
It’s unclear who’s serving as Barker’s lawyer; the Authorized Help Society didn’t instantly reply to a HuffPost question as as to if it could be representing Barker.