On August 7, the San Francisco Police Department reported the arrest of Derrick Yearby, the perpetrator of the racist attack on lifelong public employee Greg Chew. After his arrest, Yearby was taken to the San Francisco County Jail. Gregory “Greg” Chew, a former Immigrant Rights Commissioner, has served on several municipal committees and is a prominent leader in San Francisco’s Asian-American community. Greg Chew stated that he was driving through Folsom and Third Streets on Tuesday, Aug. 2, when an attacker emerged on a bicycle and started punching him out of nowhere. The attack left him with a swollen eye and a damaged left shoulder.
Kathryn Winters, the district attorney for the San Francisco Officers Department, informed the press that police were lucky to have a large number of photos and video evidence from the event, allowing for a speedy arrest.
“Agents were able to quickly locate and identify the perpetrator. So there are some great police officers out there doing decent policing.”
After the event, Greg Chew claimed nothing was taken, leading to accusations that it was a racial hate crime. Yearby, on the other hand, has yet to be charged. Investigators are further investigating the case.
Greg Chew was the target of an unprovoked attack.
The San Francisco Police Department said in a news statement released Sunday that officers assigned to Southern Station responded on Aug. 2 after receiving a complaint of aggravated assault. Greg Chew reported to police that he had been beaten and knocked down by an unknown assailant. He also remembers hitting the ground and blacking out after the attack, but later found his money and cell phone still in his pockets. He further stated that his attacker said nothing to him and did not rob him.
Derrick Yearby, 34, arrested by @SFPDtenderloin on suspicion of aggravated assault, assault and elder abuse in attack on AAPI leader Greg Chew, (pictured) former member of the @sfgov art, film and immigrant rights commissions, at 3rd & Folsom, per @SFPD @SFPDSouthern pic.twitter.com/MXtaBzfczM
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) August 8, 2022
According to a press release sent by Supervisor Matt Dorsey’s office:
“There should be no place in San Francisco for this type of violence, which has been disproportionately targeted against the elderly in our AAPI communities in recent years.”
In the statement, he also said that SF police had documented a 567 percent spike in hate crimes against Asians in 2021 alone. Yearby was taken to a San Francisco County Jail, where he is being held on charges of aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily harm, assault involving violence likely to result in major bodily harm, elder abuse and aggravation of serious bodily harm, according to Dorsey’s office. .
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