Madeline Barker Arrested After Pepper Spraying Four Asian Women In Alleged Hate Crime
New York City authorities recently charged a woman with hate crimes after a video showed her pepper-spraying four Asian women.
According to New York City court records, Madeline Barker was charged with four counts of second-degree aggravated harassment and three counts of third assault as a hate crime.
Barker is reported to have berated a group of four Asian women and pepper-spraying and making anti-Asian remarks.
“Go back where you came from. Why don’t you go back to your country,” she said.
The hate crime comes at a time when attacks against Asian-Americans are becoming common after the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the recent weeks, elderly Asians have fallen victim to malicious attacks in New York City.
Jacky Wong of the Greater Chinatown Civic Association said in a statement that more needs to be done to protect the AAPI community.
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“With anti-Asian crime still on the rise in New York City, many Chinatown seniors would rather go hungry than shop to avoid being harassed,” she said.