The nation watched with horror the viral video of yet another black-on-Asian unprovoked beating in New York on Monday. A security camera showed the assailant randomly beating a 65-year-old Asian woman in broad daylight in front of her midtown Manhattan apartment. The man punched and beat her so severely that she remains hospitalized.
Thankfully, on Wednesday morning the suspect was caught, but his rap sheet once again raises questions about the criminal justice system in New York City.
There is a lot to say about the rash of black-on-Asian crimes (blamed on white supremacism, of course) unfolding on New York's streets and subways similar to the black-on-Jewish attacks in recent years. However, given my focus on criminal justice, my first question is always about the individual's rap sheet. As I've chronicled over the past several years, whenever there is a viral beating in New York City, the suspect invariably had a long rap sheet and was let out on the streets.