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Newton police investigating 2 alleged bias-related incidents targeting Asian residents

The two incidents come after there were five break-ins at the homes of Asian residents.

Authorities in Newton are investigating after there were a couple of apparent bias-related incidents directed at Asian residents in the city.

A resident’s “Stop Asian Hate” sign was taken from a lawn by a jogger and thrown in the street. The second incident had to do with the paint being scraped off of the Out Doors public art display that shows the artist’s Asian grandmother, according to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller in a Facebook post.

“I am disheartened by not just these incidents but also the five house break-ins of Asian families in Newton earlier in June and July as well as the increase in the verbal harassment and physical violence against Asians across the country in the last year and a half,” Fuller said.

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Fuller urged anyone who may know something about either incident to call police at 617-796-2123 or use the department’s anonymous tip line at 617-796-2121.

Earlier this week we had two bias incidents in the City of Newton, both directed at our Asian neighbors. One involved a…

Posted by City of Newton MA – Mayor's Office on Thursday, July 22, 2021
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