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Community group hands out pepper spray to San Francisco Chinatown

A volunteer nonprofit Community Stream SF walked the streets of Chinatown to hand out pepper spray to Chinatown businesses, hoping it will combat crime. 

The community decided to give pepper spray following the recent robberies and attacks on Asian Americans and especially in the Chinatown area, according to KPIX.

“Just to at least equip the business owners with some form of pepper spray or self-defense,” Community Stream SF volunteer Brian Young said to NBC Bay Area

Young took time out of his day job to hand out pepper sprays in Chinatown, and he met other volunteers with similar ideas. This strong sense of community is one of the things that keep the businesses going in the midst of robberies and attacks, NBC Bay Area reports. 

David Au was hit in the head with a hammer and was hospitalized a week ago. Au was trying to stop a smash-and-go robbery at a neighboring store, NBC Bay Area said. 

“I’m fine. No headaches, nothing. Just feel like a bit bruised,” he explained to NBC Bay Area. “Again, I’m just lucky.”

Au told NBC Bay Area that Chinatown needs to come together to protect and help each other. 

“Not only this community, but everywhere in the city try the best to stop this kind of nonsense,” he said.

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