Throughout the country, law enforcement has identified hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and believed to be motivated by the pandemic.
The department noted four hate crimes in the same period last year.
Choi said city residents probably had suffered more hate crimes than the numbers reflected because such encounters often go unreported.
Jackie Lacey, whose deputies prosecute felony hate crimes, said some of the incidents Toma described — Asian Americans being yelled at, insulted, heckled — could not be charged as crimes.
Lacey urged anyone who had experienced a hate crime or hate-motivated incident to report it.