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Physical, Verbal Anti-Asian Assaults Reported During Pandemic

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Lena Hernandez was captured in a video shared on social media (Dana Amihere/Photo illustration)
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A hate incident tracker has collected more than 800 accounts of anti-Asian racism from California as the pandemic has picked up in recent months.

The founders of the STOP AAPI Hate online aggregator have joined forces with Asian American state legislators in calling for the state government to step up on the issue of discrimination against Asian Americans, especially in light of the anti-Chinese rhetoric deployed by President Trump.

A high-profile string of attacks on Asian Americans have taken place in Torrance, including racist verbal tirades by a woman from Long Beach. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, said he's been told that the Torrance city prosecutor will decide whether to file charges against the woman, Lena Hernandez, by the end of the week.

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