Carl Chan, President of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, attacked – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Chinatown Chamber of Commerce president Carl Chan, who led calls for increased police presence in the Oakland neighborhood amid a spike in violence against Asian Americans, was victim of a brazen daylight attack, authorities said.
Oakland police said the attack took place at around 4 p.m. on Thursday at block 400 on 8th St. in Chinatown.
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Chan, who lives in nearby Alameda, was in Oakland to run an errand and then planned to visit a previous victim of an attack at her home.
“I made a turn and then the attack came so suddenly. It was a cowardly attack from behind, ”Chan told KPIX 5.
Chan fell on the sidewalk, scratched and bruised, and went black for a moment.
“It hurts more than it looks,” Chan told KPIX 5.
During the attack, Chan said his attacker referred to him as an ethnic bow and repeatedly cursed him. “He didn’t rob me, so it was basically just an attack and an attack,” Chan said.
Chan told KPIX 5 that while he was there, he took a picture of the suspect leaving, which he recommended when he was raising public awareness of attacks against the AAPI community.
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“I did exactly what I told others to do. What I want to make sure that everyone understands when something happens to you is to be calm and understand how to protect yourself as best as possible, ”Chan said.
Chan organized several hate rallies stops and even convinced Oakland police to bring the Chinatown liaison officer back.
“Carl, tough as he is, got pictures of this guy,” Oakland police captain Bobby Hookfin told the San Francisco Chronicle.
A short time later, the Oakland police – supported by the photos – were able to take a suspect into custody. The suspect’s identity had not been disclosed until early Friday morning.
The man Chan went to visit was a Chinese senior who was attacked on a bus earlier this week.
“I had to stay strong. I cannot allow myself to become a victim or other people to become victims of crimes. That’s why I have to speak up, ”said Chan
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Police said the investigation was still ongoing and anyone with information would be asked to contact investigators at (510) 238-3326.