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Rep. Steel Statement on Anti-Asian American Attack in Atlanta

March 17, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) released the below statement following the deadly shootings outside of Atlanta, Georgia last night, which killed eight people, six of whom were Asian American women.

"What happened in Atlanta last night was senseless and tragic, and unfortunately only adds to a long list of recent violent crimes against our Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost 4,000 violent crimes and hateful incidents against the AAPI community have been recorded. This has to stop. We have to do everything we can to put an end to hate and help our neighbors, especially as we work together to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. My prayers are with the victims' families today and in the days to come."

The group Stop AAPI Hate has recorded nearly 4,000 hate incidents against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community since last March. 45% of these incidents occurred in California. Last month, Rep. Steel and Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) led a resolution condemning the rise in hate crimes committed against the AAPI community. The resolution also calls on federal law enforcement to work with state and local officials to investigate all reports of AAPI hate crimes, work to improve the reporting of these crimes, and to hold the perpetrators of crimes, incidents or threats accountable and to bring them to justice.

You can view the bipartisan resolution here.