(Lawrenceville, Ga., March 22, 2021) – The Gwinnett County Office of the Solicitor General issued the following statement about the violence that took place last week in metro Atlanta:

“The Gwinnett County Solicitor-General’s Office is shocked and devasted by the horrific acts of violence on March 16, 2021, in the metro Atlanta area. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and all those affected by this tragic incident. We are aware that there has recently been a drastic rise in xenophobic and racist incidents committed against Asian Americans in numerous states across America, most recently, in Georgia.

In response to the tragic incident on March 16, 2021, the Gwinnett County Police Department has immediately begun providing extra patrols in and around Asian businesses in Gwinnett County. We take these events seriously and will do everything within our power to protect our community. These patrols will continue for the safety and comfort of the Asian American community until further notice.

The Gwinnett County Solicitor-General’s Office is dedicated to protecting and ensuring the safety of all its residents, regardless of their race or ethnicity. We are committed to working with community leaders and local law enforcement to ensure the safety, security and comfort of all members of the Asian American community in Gwinnett County. Any threats or acts of hate and xenophobia will be met with severe recommendations for punishment by the Solicitor-General of Gwinnett County, Brian Whiteside.

We have full confidence in our law enforcement agencies to bring justice to the victims and their families. Please do not hesitate to contact your local police department to report of any violent crime incidents in our communities. We are stronger when we work and come together.”

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