Asian hate crimes in NYC skyrocketed in March; murders jumped 36%, police say

Hate crimes against Asian Americans skyrocketed last month, with 31 hate crimes reported in March 2021, and none logged in the same month in 2020, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said Tuesday.

The Big Apple also saw a 36% increase in murders in March 2021, when there were 34 were reported compared to the 25 slayings the year before. The number of shootings was also up, from 56 to 99, or a nearly 77% increase, police said.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 25: NYPD officers wear masks in Times Square on March 25, 2021 in New York City (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 25: NYPD officers wear masks in Times Square on March 25, 2021 in New York City (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

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