The first Filipino-American to be appointed attorney-general in the United States has vowed stronger action against Asian hate crimes at least in Califorinia.
Fil-Am Rob Bonta who was appointed California attorney-general in March this year said in a television interview last Friday that hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) were unacceptable.
“We cannot accept the unacceptable. The attorney general’s office has a lot of different levers including helping local law enforcement identify and investigate hate crime, helping build trust between law enforcement and communities, so that those who are hurt and the AAPI community will feel comfortable coming forward to report the crimes, and the incidents of hate, to make sure they get the assistance,” Bonta said.
“We have to become victim-centered with how we address hate crimes,” he added.
Bonta definitely has the heart to defend AAPI victims of hate crimes as he stood for the rights of evicted Filipino elders in the US more than 40 years ago.
“I thought about where I came from,” he said in a television interview in March after he was appointed, referring to his Filipino roots and the Filipino values his parents taught him. He was sworn in a California’s attorney general last April 23.Besides his strong position versus hate crimes, among Bonta’s priorities is the establishment of a division to ensure fair and impartial investigations of police shootings that results in deaths. SOVEREIGNPH