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Man who drove through ‘Stop Asian Hate’ rally sentenced to prison

The man who drove through a “Stop Asian Hate” rally has been sentenced to one year in federal prison.

According to KTLA, 58-year-old Steve Lee Dominguez, from Diamond Bar, California, was sentenced on Monday.

On March 21, 2021, Dominguez ran a red light near Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue, driving through a group of peaceful protestors who had gathered in the crosswalk. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, he shouted profanities and racial slurs. He even yelled, “Go back to China!”

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Dominguez “narrowly missed” the people in the intersection. No injuries were reported.

In October 2023, Dominguez pleaded guilty to one count of bias-motivated interference with federally protected activities.

“This defendant’s hateful attack was designed to curtail the rights of peaceful demonstrators,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “While differences of opinion are part of a healthy democracy, we cannot allow people to commit acts of violence against those with whom they disagree. My office will continue to safeguard civil rights for all members of our community.”

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