Moment when homeless man attacks Asian cop when she tried to arrest him for vandalizing rental scooters in San Francisco
- The attack took place Friday night in Portsmouth Square in San Francisco
- Surveillance footage shows the unidentified female cop trying to hold the homeless man after he allegedly vandalized rental scooters
- He knocked the officer to the ground as bystanders rushed in to help
- Witnesses said the man had shouted just before the altercation: ‘Chinese people don’t belong here’
- It comes as the US has seen a disturbing increase in hate crimes against Asian people
Shocking video captured the moment a homeless man attacked an Asian police officer in San Francisco as she tried to arrest him for vandalizing rental scooters.
Surveillance footage shows the unidentified female officer trying to arrest the man near Portsmouth Square around 7 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses told local news channel KTVU that the man had been vandalizing rental scooters less than two hours before, and had threatened and yelled at passers-by.
“The Chinese don’t belong here,” a witness heard the suspect yell before the attack.
Another anti-Asian attack took place last week, in which a homeless man assaulted a female Asian police officer in San Francisco after she tried to detain him for vandalizing rental scooters in the area.
The attack was captured on surveillance footage showing the two struggling before falling to the ground, where the man landed on top of the officer and tried to hit her. Witnesses say they heard the man make anti-Chinese remarks beforehand
A video of the altercation was posted on social media on Sunday, showing the homeless man initially appearing to follow the officer’s orders before abruptly turning and attacking her.
The two fall to the ground as the officer tries to fight back against the man, but the officer lands on the bottom when he lands on top of her.
Bystanders who witness the commotion rush to the rescue of the officer when she finally detains him.
Auxiliary officers then help to take the homeless man into custody.
Bystanders jump in to help the female cop, who was overpowered by the brute on Friday evening in San Francisco’s Portsmouth Square. The attacker has not yet been publicly identified by police, but was taken into custody immediately after the attack
“On Friday, May 28, at the intersection of Kearny and Commercial, near Portsmouth Square, a homeless man was said to be threatening Asians as they walked by, according to @sfstreets415,” the_asian_dawns caption read.
The bum was then confronted by a female policewoman. During the interrogation, the female police officer was attacked by the bum. She was seriously injured in the attack and was assisted by four Good Samaritans who had to pry the homeless man from her.”
“Several police officers arrived almost immediately and took the attacker into custody. The female police officer was seriously injured and was taken to the local hospital.’
Ken Fong, who witnessed the attack, told KTVU that he had seen two officers telling the homeless man to leave the Portsmouth Square area two hours before the attack.
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“Even though he dropped her on the floor, I’m glad she wasn’t badly hurt or hurt because it could have been a lot worse,” Fong said.
“There were two teenagers who came up to them and said, ‘Hey, I don’t feel safe because there’s a suspicious man hanging around our scooters,'” he said before adding that he thought the man was drunk.
San Francisco community activist Max Leong recognized the attacker in the video almost immediately and told the news station that many residents in the area know him, while adding that it appears the man also has mental health issues.
“He’s been a fixture here in San Francisco Chinatown,” Leong said. “It indicates that more services should be provided to the mentally ill.”
The moment the homeless man snapped and attacked the female cop. Community activist Max Leong says the man is a fixture in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but adds the man is likely mentally ill
The incident came amid a spate of hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans across the country.
Last week, DailyMail.com reported that an elderly Asian woman in Queens, New York, was beaten, leaving her with a broken eye socket, a broken nose and two black eyes.
In NYC alone, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen noticeably, with 86 reported this year compared to just 19 at the same time last year in 2020.