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Max Leung, the founder of SF Peace Collective, started a community-based safety patrol group around San Francisco’s Chinatown at the beginning of the pandemic as the neighborhood lost its usual foot traffic. 

Max Leung, the founder of SF Peace Collective, started a community-based safety patrol group around San Francisco’s Chinatown at the beginning of the pandemic as the neighborhood lost its usual foot traffic. 

Photographer: Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle

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Asian-American Groups Grapple With Police Response to Violence

In a year of criminal justice reform, attacks on Asian Americans in Atlanta and elsewhere are raising questions about the right way to protect a community against racism.

The shooting spree Tuesday that left eight people dead including six Asian women in the Atlanta area punctuates a year of crimes against Asian Americans in the U.S. It follows a recent string of attacks on older Asian Americans, including high-profile cases in the Bay Area that were caught on security cameras. 

Many Asian-American advocates say their warnings that anti-Asian sentiments would manifest in continued violence have gone unheeded and that mounting fears and anxieties have been ignored or downplayed.