Air force veteran beaten, referred to as “Chinese virus” in unprovoked attack in LA’s Koreatown
An Air Force veteran was attacked in Los Angeles. Koreatown and described as anti-Asian slurs by two men who also threatened to kill him.
Denny Kim, 27, had a black eye and broken nose after being knocked to the ground in an unprovoked attack on Kenmore Avenue last week NBC Los Angeles.
Kim says he was referred to as “Ching Chong”, “Chinese virus” among other things. Police are now investigating this incident as a hate crime with criminal threats.
Kim’s friend Joseph Cha, who is also a community activist, was there to defend him from the attackers.
“I screamed and told them to stop. By screaming, they also called me racist insults.” Cha told NBC LA.
The men’s descriptions were unclear, but the LAPD is searching the area for surveillance material.