Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-14 19:55:03 –
Las Vegas (KTNV) — The recent wave of violence against the AAPI community is now approaching home. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested a woman earlier this month on suspicion of beating a 6-year-old Asian-American boy on the Las Vegas Strip.
This is a disappointing video for Sonny Vinuya, Chairman of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. Posted on TikTok, a woman was seen yelling about China, and the poster states that she beat her son as Asian.
“Not to mention a 6-year-old kid. It surprises me how people can have so much hatred.”
The woman in the video is identified by LVMPD as 57-year-old Sherry Hill. She was arrested for hate crimes and battery charging. According to arrest reports, a 6-year-old boy was involved in a surveillance video while walking with his family on the pedestrian bridge leading to The Shops at Crystals on July 5. After hitting the boy, Hill told his family, “All the coronavirus is your fault,” police said. Vinuya says he is not surprised to hear this rhetoric.
“It’s a common theme of what we see from people who are doing this bad behavior, whether you’re Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, or whatever,” he said.
In Nevada, there are rarely common hatreds of the AAPI community. The non-profit Stop AAPI Hate has compiled 38 incidents reported since March 2020, most of which are verbal incidents. It’s much lower than states like California and New York, where the number of violent attacks on Asian Americans is increasing. Vinuya says it’s good that such incidents are rare here in Nevada. But when that happens, it can be jarring.
“This is something we’ve always been afraid of. It’s part of the escalation, and that’s why we’ve worked so hard to pinch it with other leaders in the community,” he said. It was.
Some social media argue that the alleged assault could be a mental health issue. Vinuya says it should be dealt with, but she must also be accountable for her words and actions.
“People may still have mental problems, but they have to take responsibility for the actions they take,” he said.
He is grateful for the work of LVMPD and feels that the authorities are taking the case seriously.
“Yes, please. Arrest this woman who is prosecuting them for hate crimes and batteries,” he said.
I contacted the poster for the TikTok video, but she says she’s not ready to speak at this time. Hill will return to court on July 27th.