‘Don’t let her go away’: Video captures racist harassment of Asian girl by teenagers on the Pink Line

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MBTA Transit Police stated a number of juvenile males harassed and threatened to rob passengers on a Pink Line practice earlier than smashing a practice window and fleeing.

Authorities are persevering with to research after a gaggle of youngsters allegedly smashed a window on a Pink Line practice, threatened to rob passengers, and taunted a lady of Asian descent — an incident captured on video.

MBTA Transit Police stated the disturbance occurred final Thursday round 11 p.m. close to JFK/UMass Station and concerned “a number of juvenile males” who later fled the scene. 

“A witness acknowledged that the juvenile topics approached the sufferer and commenced making enjoyable of her for being Asian,” Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan informed The Boston Globe. “They had been taunting her primarily based on her ethnicity. They had been attempting to imitate an Asian accent. … In addition they threatened to rob some folks on the practice.”

The kids additionally harassed a person of Asian descent who was using in one other a part of the automobile, Sullivan informed the Globe. The person continued on the practice, and police didn’t interview him.

A video posted to the Instagram web page “Asians With Attitudes” seems to point out a part of the kids’ confrontation with the lady. A number of males could be seen within the video jeering at passengers and mockingly talking in stereotypical accents. 

Vivian Dang, the lady who shot the video and the goal of the harassment, informed NBC10 Boston that the kids yelled racial slurs at her and that one of many boys turned his bicycle and pushed the wheels into her face.

“One among them screamed, ‘Don’t let her go away,’ and at that time, that’s once I felt the true shock as a result of at that time they might observe me residence,” Dang informed the information outlet. “I used to be afraid to get off [at] my cease, personally, as a result of I used to be afraid they’d observe me.”

Sullivan informed the Globe that an officer gave her a journey residence in a cruiser. The kids obtained off at Andrew Station in South Boston, the newspaper reported.

Transit police stated they may search prices in reference to the incident. Sullivan informed the Globe that he’ll seek the advice of Suffolk District Legal professional Kevin Hayden’s workplace to find out whether or not the youngsters needs to be prosecuted underneath the state’s hate crime legal guidelines.

Reached for an replace Thursday afternoon, he informed Boston.com the investigation remains to be ongoing.

The disturbance follows a handful of different incidents over the previous yr the place Pink Line passengers of Asian descent allegedly confronted verbal abuse or bodily assault. 

Two weeks prior, a person allegedly spit on a lady of Asian descent on the Pink Line’s Broadway Station and made racially motivated feedback about her ethnicity, Common Hub reported. 

In February, transit police requested for the general public’s assist figuring out two males accused of assaulting and hurling “racial epithets” at an Asian girl on the MBTA station in Davis Sq..

And final November, police reported {that a} 64-year-old Asian girl was kidnapped outdoors Wollaston Station, then strangled and repeatedly sexually assaulted. A Quincy man was later arrested and charged in reference to the kidnapping and assault.