December 17's Fact of the Week

On a Saturday morning in September, Du Doan, a 62-year-old man that had immigrated from Vietnam to the United States a few years ago, was pushed into the waters at Montrose Harbor of Lake Michigan as he was fishing by the docks, a normal and daily hobby of his after retiring. Doan was a father of four children and could not swim. As he struggled to stay afloat and waved his arms for help, the group that had approached Doan, laughed and walked away. John Haley, the one charged for pushing him, had a previous history of targeting Asian Americans. Specifically, the group had attacked another Asian American fisherman on the same day, spitting at his feet. Reports emerged about others that suffered similar incidents of harassment at Asian Americans. However, the police denied that the incident was a hate crime and Haley denied that it was intentional, calling it “bumping into people.” News about the incident spread throughout the community from outrage to scare. The judge sentenced Haley to ten years for involuntary manslaughter, downgraded from the initially charge of first-degree murder and aggravated battery. Source(s): http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=5631379, http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrimes/asian-pacific.html, http://www.apimovement.com/vietnamese/chicago-police-deny-hate-crime-drowning-vietnamese-fisherman