The Torrance City Council has approved a resolution condemning “xenophobia and anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander sentiment” in the wake of the infamous viral video shot at Wilson Park that showed a woman going on a racial tirade against an Asian woman.
The resolution, which was unanimously approved at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, said the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China, has prompted an increased number of hate crimes, discrimination and racially motivated incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The demographic groups account for about 37 percent of the city’s population and Torrance is home to more Japanese-Americans than any other city in the county, the resolution said.
“The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric nationwide has resulted in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders being harassed, assaulted and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic,” the resolution reads in part.
The panel did not address demands made by Asian American groups for the creation of an independent police commission with the power to make policy recommendations to the council.