HOUSTON – Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner:
“At my request, the Houston Police Department is increasing patrols beginning today near homes and businesses in Houston’s Asian community. We are taking these steps following the violence in Atlanta and acts of hate against Asian-Americans nationwide.
HPD assures me that there are no credible threats in Houston, nor has our city experienced an increase in hate crimes reported against Asian-Americans. However, I understand that many of our neighbors are concerned and fearful for their safety.
Houston’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is beloved throughout the city. They operate successful businesses, support local initiatives, and assist with resources following every disaster – from donations of food and masks during the pandemic to financial contributions to aid recovery after Harvey and other natural disasters.
The shooting that claimed the lives of the AAPI women in Atlanta is an unspeakable tragedy. The spike in hate crimes across the country against the AAPI community is alarming and must end. As mayor and as a Houstonian, I want you to know that I stand with you in grief and solidarity.
It is not enough to condemn these acts of violence against Asian-Americans and hold the victims’ families in our hearts. We must act to protect them. I am calling on all Houstonians to recognize our AAPI brothers and sisters’ pain and fear and do what you can to ease those feelings. Please do your part to make them feel safe, whether it’s by reporting a hate crime or calling out anti-Asian sentiment when you see it.
The attacks on the Asian American community are an outrage, and it’s on all of us to stop it.”