Police say there have been 21 hate crimes against Asian Americans reported since March. Seventeen of those led to arrests.READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Good Samaritans Rescue Wheelchair-Bound Man Who Somehow Fell On Union Square Subway Tracks
The NYPD says the attacks, both verbal and physical, are being fueled by anti-Asian rhetoric about the coronavirus.
“This hit home for me because I have friends, families, who are legitimately afraid to go outside because they fear for their safety,” said NYPD Deputy Inspector Stewart Loo.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Murphy Rips Anti-Vaxxer 'Knuckleheads' After Being Heckled At Union City Press Conference
The task force will be made up of 25 Asian-American investigators who speak different languages.
The NYPD says cultural barriers often prevent victims from reporting attacks and cooperating with police.MORE NEWS: De Blasio: Cuomo 'Should Be Charged' Over Sexual Assault, Harassment Claims In AG Investigation
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