Police say there have been 21 hate crimes against Asian Americans reported since March. Seventeen of those led to arrests.
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.
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.
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