Asian businesses in Portland demand police protection

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Crews clean up Chinatown in Portland, OR. By Raymond Douglass Chong, AsAmNews

Members of the Asian American business community met with police in Portland, Oregon Thursday pleading for help to stop what it believes to be racially motivated vandalism.

KPTV reported the Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association organized a meeting between Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses and local elected officials and law enforcement.

Manna Chen has served Mandarin and Cantonese food at Powell’s Seafood in Portland for 30 years.

“29 years the situation was all good. Just these past two years, security is really bad,” she said after explaining she’s spent $5,000 in six months repairing broken windows.

She said a bullet shattered her window this past Sunday night.

In February alone last year, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon says at least 13 businesses, most of them Asian, experienced acts of vandalism, according to the Oregonian.

“It is unacceptable that Asian Americans continue to be targeted and experience these harms,” Duncan Hwang of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon said in a statement. “It is up to all of us to root out these bigoted, racist sentiments that sow divides and make our communities unsafe.”

A Portland police detective told Fox 12 a solution would be greater police protection, but he blamed staffing shortages, the pandemic and lower penalties for petty crimes as obstacles.

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