Anti-Asian hate crimes: 29 cases in Vancouver so far this year, compared to 4 last year

Vancouver police have opened 29 investigations into anti-Asian crime so far this year, compared to only four by this time last year.

Police have identified 77 “hate-associated” files so far in 2020, up from 51 during the same time last year, mostly driven by an increase in anti-Asian incidents.

“Despite police efforts, despite engagement with police and the community, these incidents still continue,” said Deputy Chief Const. Howard Chow at a news conference on Friday.

“We’re hearing other centres back east (and) across North America that are also experiencing this.”

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The department has dealt with a swell in racist violence and vandalism in the city under the COVID-19 pandemic.

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