New York State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson issued the following statement today:
“These brutal murders in Georgia, targeting members of the Asian-American community, should outrage all who believe in inclusiveness – a bedrock American ideal. Regardless of whether authorities determine that these abhorrent attacks were hate crimes, they were without a doubt senseless acts of violence that have robbed Asian-Americans of their right to feel safe and secure in their homes, workplaces and neighborhoods.
Unfortunately, the Georgia killings were not isolated incidents. Attacks against Asian-Americans – including homicides, assaults and harassment – have spiked across the nation including here in New York, and they continue to this day.
The New York State Bar Association Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes and the Association’s House of Delegates have expressed deep concern about these bias crimes. We have recommended exploring ways to combat the spread of hate and misinformation online and strengthen the prosecution of hate crimes. We stand ready to assist state and federal officials in this endeavor and strongly stand against hate-based mistreatment of any individual or group – both here in New York and across the nation.”
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