At two seperate incidents, a BLM activist has been identified in anti-Asian hate crimes.
In March, Christopher Hamner committed two seperate hate crimes against Asian women, which have now come to light in court.
Hamner a 51 year old black man, who had previously posted photos of himself at a Black Lives Matter protest as well as having participated in Seattle’s Capitol Hill organised protest, shouted verbal abuse, committed acts of dangerous driving and possible assault as he threw objects at a vehicle.
According to The Hill, Hamner made eye contact with Pamela Cole, who is both Chinese and Malaysian, and began to scream: “F— you, you Asian b—-. F— you!”
Cole was shocked by the incident, which progressed as Hamner got out of his car and ran at Cole, who was with her family in her car, and shouted for her to get out. Cole described feeling like a “sitting duck” as she was with her family, including her children.
The lights changed at the junction, which allowed Cole to drive away, while Hamner continued to throw objects at her vehicle. Cole drove to a safer location nearby, away from Hamner, where she promplty called the police.
Cole stated: “I just felt so defenseless and so helpless. And you know, as a mom, all we want to do is take care of our kids and protect them”.
It was further revealed that a similar incident had taken place two days later, where Hamner cut off two Asian women in their car. Allegedly, he then charged at the car and threw items at the vehicle, The Hill writes.
Hamner’s lawyer has made the case that Hamner is suffering from mental health issues, due to his supposed naval service. Hamner has pleaded not guilty to one charge of hate crime, and his bail was set at $10,000.