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

Posted at 10:17 PM, Mar 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-27 22:19:36-04

SEATTLE -- 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.

Pamela Cole told KING-TV Hamner stopped his car, opened the door and screamed, "F--- you, you Asian b----."

"I was just there and the whole time, I was like, I don't know, it's just me and the kids in the car," Cole remembered. "I have nothing I'm like, do I run and drive my car through traffic."

Hamner was charged Friday with three counts of malicious harassments and remains in custody.

"People were like, 'Oh yeah, Seattle's too liberal. It won't happen,'" Cole said. "Yeah right, It's here, it's happening. You know, I'm not the first one, I won't be the last one."

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.