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2 in Seattle, San Francisco face anti-Asian hate charges

Protestors march at a rally against Asian hate crimes past the Los Angeles Federal Building in...
Protestors march at a rally against Asian hate crimes past the Los Angeles Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles , Saturday, March 27, 2021. The gathered crowd demanded justice for the victims of the Atlanta spa shooting and for an end to racism, xenophobia and misogyny. The "LA vs. Hate" initiative encourages people to call 211 if they are victims or witness an incident of hate.(Damian Dovarganes | AP?Damian Dovarganes)
Published: Mar. 28, 2021 at 4:21 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, the latest in a series of rallies in response what many said has become a troubling surge of anti-Asian sentiments.

Prosecutors in Seattle and San Francisco have charged men with hate crimes in separate incidents that authorities say targeted people of Asian descent.

In Seattle, authorities say 51-year-old Christopher Hamner screamed profanities and threw things at cars in two incidents last week targeting women and children of Asian heritage.

In San Francisco, 53-year-old Victor Humberto Brown faces hate crime charges and felony assault after police say he used an anti-Asian slur and punched an Asian American man multiple times at a bus stop.

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