Pramila Jayapal, an Indian American Congresswoman, is subject to racial attacks


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WASHINGTON: The US state of Washington has its own prosecutor WashingtonAn armed man threatened to kill Congresswoman Pramila but was arrested and confirmed Jayapal (Democrat-Washington) last Saturday night.
At 11:25pm, the armed 48-year-old Seattle man drove by her house three times yelling obscenities, including, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.” Witnesses heard the gunfire and officers arrived to arrest the man with a.40 caliber pistol.
Though the man remains in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, the judge denied prosecutors’ request for an anti-harassment order to protect the Congresswoman. The US Capitol police, Seattle police department FBIInvestigators continue to investigate the incident.
Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian American ImpactIndian American Political Power, an organization that invests in Indian American Candidates and enfranchises the growing Indian American electorate, released a statement saying, “We are thankful Representative Jayapal’s safety, but we are horrified they had to suffer this terrifying hate crime. There shouldn’t be hate in this country and Representative Jayapal, her family, should not live in fear. We see it all the time today.”
Makhija stated that there were over 11,000 hate incidents against Asian Americans in the last year, and almost 600 every month. These hate crimes are rarely reported on the news – even this story about a member of CongressNational media have barely covered it.
“We remain extremely alarmed that a request for a criminal harassment protection order was denied, particularly considering the aggressive nature of the incident and the public nature of the Congresswoman’s job. Representative Jayapal’s service to Washington’s 7th Congressional district should not be a threat to her life or her family’s lives,” the Indian American Impact statement added.
Makhija asked the FBI and US Capitol police to conduct an exhaustive and thorough investigation into this incident, and to implement all safety measures to ensure that Representative Jayapal and other Asian American congressional members are safe in their respective districts as well as in Washington, DC.
According to the statement, recent data shows that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 339 percent last year. “This weekend’s incident represents a growing trend that impacts all Americans. We must all unite to end racial injustice in this country. Anything less than this is unacceptable.”


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