A suspect has been arrested in the filmed attack of a 68-year-old Asian man collecting cans that gained worldwide attention this week.
On Thursday, at a rally for peace and unity at the location of the incident, San Francisco police chief Bill Scott announced that 20-year-old Dwayne Grayson had been booked on charges including robbery, hate crime, elder abuse, and a probation violation for a prior conviction.
According to CBS SF Bay Area, Grayson was the individual who recorded and uploaded the event. Scott said that investigators have also identified and are actively searching for another suspect in the incident.
“We’ve heard from people all over the country, not just San Francisco,” Scott said at the rally. “Whoever’s watching this, I want you to know — that video and what you saw does not represent this city.”
The police chief said the type of behavior shown in the video should not and will not be tolerated in San Francisco. He also added that community efforts in identifying the victim were the reason SFPD was able to make the progress on the case.
“But let’s not let it take a video for us to come together,” Scott said. “This is San Francisco, we are a community and we always will be.”
The rally was hosted by District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton and San Franciso Mayor London Breed. City leaders, community organizations, law enforcement, faith-based leaders and community members were also in attendance.
Breed described the unity and healing event to ABC7 News as an attempt to bring together the Asian American and African American communities to break down barriers around stereotypes and mistrust.
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