On Friday, a man was given a 22-year prison sentence for his role in the savage murder of an Asian man in New York. According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, 51-year-old Jarrod Powell pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime in connection with the man’s murder.
A 61-year-old man named Yao Pan Ma was killed as part of a plea bargain involving a racially motivated assault. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg released a statement saying, “Mr. Ma’s killing was the consequence of a horrible racially motivated attack.”
Yao Pan Ma was reportedly collecting cans on a corner in East Harlem in April 2021 when he was attacked from behind, struck in the back, and then kicked many times in the head. When he was taken to the hospital, Chinese-American Ma was unconcious and unresponsive from his injuries.
Eight months after the assault, on December 31, 2021, he succumbed to his wounds. Bragg stated that the victim’s loved ones had to suffer for eight painful months while he was in a vegetative state in the hospital. The district attorney’s office added that Powell was also given a five-year period of supervised release.
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According to a press release from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, there are now 39 active hate crime cases including anti-Asian hate crimes.
“New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and no one should have to fear that they may be in danger because of their background. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that New Yorkers of all origins feel safe,” Bragg said.
According to research conducted by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, the number of hate crimes reported against Asians in 16 of the country’s largest cities and counties increased by 164% in 2021.
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