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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the criminal lawyer in Toronto to adapt technology and paperless, electronic trials. Documents and statements of witnesses are stored inside tiny USB’s to be reviewed by judges and opposing counsel. Teleconferences have become the norm instead of lawyers attending hearings in court.
So many things have changed during the pandemic including the kind of crimes committed by people. In Seattle, the Bias Crime Unit of the police department is investigating crimes that target Asian Americans. Police are trying to identify a suspect in the May 16 attack on a couple walking on the sidewalk.
According to surveillance video, it appears to be a sudden attack on the couple. The video showed the suspect shoving the male victim and knocking off his glasses and face mask. The suspect also spat on the couple and told them that the pandemic was all their fault. Seattle police chief Carmen Best said that the crime was not only awful but very egregious.
Back in February, a joint statement was released by Asian Counseling and Referral Action to draw attention to the increasing bias and harassment against Asian American communities. In March, there were 9 incidents that targeted the Asian communities. Chief Best is encouraging victims of bias and harassment to call 911 for immediate response.
On the other hand, Kert Lin said that he was not satisfied with the police response when he reported racial slurs shouted against him during an outing in Seattle. In an interview, Lin said that it seems that there was no crime and that the man was exercising his first amendment rights.
According to California-based Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, their office has received more than 1,700 reports of coronavirus discrimination from Asian Americans all over the United States during the last 6 weeks. It is racism and people are being targeted.
If you have been charged with a crime, you can call the criminal lawyer in Toronto for legal representation. Even if the Covid-19 pandemic has changed so many things, victims of crime have the right to receive justice while suspects remain innocent until proven guilty.