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Last year, the robbery rate for Blacks in San Leandro was about five per 1,000, Joseph said via an email.

“It’s almost double that of any other race, which is significant to point out,” Joseph said about Asian victims of robberies in San Leandro.

Police would not speculate on why Asian Americans are especially targeted for robberies.

The update comes amid heightened awareness of attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order denouncing intolerance toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders shortly after taking office in January.

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