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Asian Americans in Portland rally behind 73-year-old crime victim

Dozens rallied Sunday at Portland’s waterfront in Oregon one month after the unprovoked beating of a 73-year-old fisherman that left him with a concussion.

The daughter of Xinmin Liang says the emotional trauma has yet to heal.

“His stitch removed from his arm this last Tuesday. So physically, he’s recovering, his bruise on his face has receded mostly, however, mentally, I think he has PTSD. He’s afraid to go on the street without wearing a mask or hat,” said Jie Liang, his daughter, to FOX12.

Among the 100 or so supporters in attendance were District Attorney Mike Schmidt, two County commissioners and Deputy Police Chief Mike Frome. The DA announced the newly created hate crimes prosecutor position backed by a full-time investigator.

“We take this very seriously,” Schmidt said to the crowd, reported Oregon Live. “Hate crimes tear at the fabric of our society. They’re horrible and traumatic events for victims and their loved ones.”

United Chinese Americans and the Chinese Friendship Association of Portland joined a dozen other AAPI groups in the rain for the rally. Protestors had safety foremost on their minds.

It’s a public park and we should feel safe in this area no matter if we’re on bike or walking or fishing,” said one in attendance to KGW.

There has been no arrest in the case.

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