'No room for hate': CA, city leaders discuss how many AAPI hate crimes have been prosecuted in SF

ByMelanie Woodrow KGO logo
Friday, September 10, 2021
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Rob Bonta joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed along with community leaders for a roundtable discussion Thursday on combatting hate crimes.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California Attorney General Rob Bonta joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed along with community leaders for a roundtable discussion Thursday on combatting hate crimes. ABC7 News is digging into the numbers to see how many of these crimes are being prosecuted.

Not far from where a great-grandmother was brutally attacked in Visitacion Valley and later died, San Francisco city leaders and California Attorney General Rob Bonta gathered.

"There is no room for hate, not here, not anywhere, not now, not ever," said Bonta.

The roundtable comes the day after "Chinatown Night Out" in Portsmouth Square, an event aimed at better connecting the community with the police department.

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At that event, Mayor Breed said suspects in attacks on Asian Americans have been caught.

"In almost every single incident that occurred, those folks have been arrested, they're awaiting trial, so they're behind bars and we are hopeful that they will be held accountable," said Mayor Breed Wednesday night.

Today, ABC7 asked police and prosecutors about the numbers, just how many people have been arrested for these crimes and how many people are being charged.

"In 2021 we've had 83 reported hate crimes but that does not tell the whole story," said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott.

Chief Scott says that's because not every hate crime is reported.

Of the 83, he says 59% or 49 of those hate crimes were on people from the AAPI community.

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"Thirty of those were committed by one person who is now in custody and has been filed on by the district attorney," said Chief Scott.

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office says in 2021, they've filed criminal charges in 70% of these cases.

Including against Derik Barreto, the individual Chief Scott said was linked to at least 30 hate crimes against the AAPI community.

As for the other hate crimes that make up the total number reported this year:

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"We solve many of them, we don't solve all of them," said Chief Scott.

That's where Chief Scott says residents come in. He encourages people to report all crimes.

"There's no place for this in our city, there's no place for this in our state and we want to hold those accountable who commit those types of acts," said Chief Scott.

Take a look at all of ABC7's Building a Better Bay Area stories and videos here.