Officials condemn nationwide uptick in violence, urge residents to report hate incidents
Instances of verbal and physical attacks on members of the Asian American community continue to occur in the region and throughout the country. Recent examples of violence impacting this community include the murder of eight people in shootings at Asian-owned businesses in Atlanta this week and a violent attack on a couple in Seattle’s International District last week. The City of Bellevue denounces hate in all forms and is committed to being an inclusive community free from racism. The Bellevue City Council signed a proclamation this week in solidarity with Asian community members, urging all residents to reject and report bias crimes.
“It is disturbing and alarming that incidents of hate and racism against Asian Americans are occurring in our country and region,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “Hate has no home in Bellevue. Each of us has a role to play in supporting our neighbors and helping to keep our community safe.”
The city encourages residents to report all hate crimes and bias related incidents. If you feel you are in danger or the crime is ongoing, please call 911. You may also report bias-related incidents through an online crime reporting tool or by calling the police non-emergency number at 425-577-5656. The data collected allows the city to better understand what actions it can take through neighborhood services or law enforcement to further support residents against these kinds of crimes.
The city will undertake several actions to raise awareness, provide tools to report incidents and develop ways to further support and involve community members. Program details and opportunities for engagement will be shared with the community in the coming weeks.
Originally published on 3/18/21