A Black Lives Matter activist who posted numerous messages online against “hate” and allegedly stood in solidarity with Asian-Americans after a gunman killed six Asian women in Alabama has been charged with a hate crime against three Asian-American women.
KTTH’s Jason Rantz reported that police have charged Christopher Hamner of Seattle with a hate crime stemming from two incidents in mid-March:
On March 16, Seattle police say Hamner approached a mother as she was driving with her two young children. The police incident report says an unprovoked but angry Hamner stalked toward her car while shouting expletives including “Asian b—-.” He was allegedly seen “punching his fists together” while shouting for the victim to get out of the car. Before escaping, she was able to take photos of the suspect.
Three days later, on March 19, Hamner is accused in a similar incident.
According to the incident report, two females were driving behind Hamner when he stopped his car at random. When the victims tried to drive past him, he cut them off, opened his door, and started to yell at them, “F— you, Asian!”
Police say Hamner then got out of his car and started to charge at them while yelling. He threw some plastic object at their vehicle and then they drove off to escape what they thought was the threat of an imminent assault.
The victim’s car was equipped with a dashboard camera. Police were able to positively identify Hamner.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office reportedly said Hamner verbally accosted the women while they were in their vehicles and “demonstrated violent, anti-Asian behavior.”
Hamner pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for June 3.
Online, Hamner presented himself as a typical Black Lives Matter activist, Rantz reported. He posted positive messages about President Joe Biden and made disparaging remarks against former President Donald Trump. He also posted on Facebook following the Atlanta, Georgia spa shooting that everyone has “had bad days but it never justifies hate crimes against [Asian Americans].”
He also posted a link to a YouTube video including Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ condemnation of the shooting, with the caption: “Thank God for a President & VP who can comfort a nation after the Atlanta shooting.”
Rantz described Hamner’s Facebook page as “full of progressive virtue signaling,” noting that he repeatedly praised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortes (D-NY) as the “Angel of Congress” and posted videos from progressive news sources about alleged racism against Asian-Americans, writing, “We Stand UNITED against racism & white supremacy.”
Rantz reported that Hamner was “active within the BLM movement in Seattle,” posting photos of himself online attending rallies and holding up signs that said “There are no good cops” and “Being black is not a crime.”
Hamner also appeared to be a fan of Seattle’s short-lived Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, claiming it was peaceful despite numerous videos to support the contrary.