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Concern grows over robberies targeting Asians in Sacramento

Law enforcement believes that a number of robberies in south Sacramento were targeting Asian Americans.

According to The Sacramento Bee, there have been a number of robberies of individuals and businesses in south Sacramento’s Little Saigon neighborhood where many Asian American families live.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies held a community meeting on Thursday, June 15, to address the recent robberies in the area. According to KCRA 3, the deputies discussed actions they were taking to address the robberies. KCRA 3’s report did not specifically say what those actions were.

The police did, however, insist that victims speak to them no matter how small the crime.

“We can’t investigate what we don’t know about, and this is one of those very occasions. Again, we want them to be comfortable coming to us, we want them to understand that we are taking their concerns seriously. Whether it’s trending downwards, upwards, makes no difference to us. If you’re a victim, we’re going to investigate that crime,” Sgt. Amar Gandhi with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said, according to KCRA 3.

Sacramento District Attorney Thien Ho also encouraged Asian victims to speak out at the meeting.

“Asians have been targeted because there is a perception. There is a perception we do not call the police. There is a perception we will not work with the government. There is a perception we carry cash on us. There is a perception that we are weak. That we do not speak up and stand up and honestly that needs to change and we need to change that perception,” said Ho, according to ABC 10.

Robberies in south Sacramento have, however, been decreasing as a whole. The sheriff’s department says they’re seeing a 23% decrease in robberies in south Sacramento from last year, ABC 10 reports.

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