Atlanta’s Mayor Speaks On Hate Crimes Against The Asian Community
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks against hate after eight people were killed in the city. She claims that violence is a crime against the whole community.
“A motive is still not clear, but a crime against any community is a crime against us all,” Bottoms said in a statement.
She added: “I have remained in close contact with the White House and [Atlanta Police Department (APD)] as they work with federal, state and local partners to investigate the suspect who is responsible for this senseless violence in our city,” she said. “My prayers are with the families and friends of the victims whose lives were cut short by these shootings.”
A Growing Trend
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms noted that the motive is unclear at this time but aligns with a growing trend. The number of hate crimes against Asians has increased since the start of the pandemic.
“Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian,” she said. “We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.”
The Mastermind Behind The Attacks
Long has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. He’s charged for his connection to the shootings at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth and Gold Spa in Buckhead, a neighborhood in Atlanta. He also shot a few people in Aromatherapy Spa, which is across the street from Gold Spa.
Officials were still investigating what led to the shooting, but Sheriff Frank Reynolds, of Cherokee County. The sheriff indicated that Long claimed he had a “sexual addiction.”
Moreover, Long is accused of having plans to travel to Florida to attack “some type of porn industry.”
“He made indicators that he has some issues, potentially sexual addiction, and may have frequented some of these places in the past,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds noted that Long may have visited one of the two places where he is accused of carrying out the crimes.
Sadly, there is debate of whether attacks would be classified as a hate crime by APD. Regardless of the charges, justice needs to be done for the families of the slain.