Actor Daniel Dae Kim appeared on Cuomo Prime Time Wednesday where he weighed in on the deadly shootings that occurred in the Atlanta area a day earlier. On Tuesday, a 21-year-old Georgia man, who has confessed to the killings, opened fire in three spas killing eight people, six of them Asian women. While authorities have yet to determine if the murders were racially motivated, Kim shared his sister’s experience as the victim of a hate crime.
“She was running in her own neighborhood when a man driving a car came up to her and yelled at her to get on the sidewalk when she was running on the shoulder,” Kim said. “She said she would do that, and the man then backed up and hit her with the car. My sister turned around and was shocked, and told him that ‘You just hit me,’ he backed up the car, and as my sister was walking away, hit her again, knocking her to the ground.”
Kim said that though the man had a history of violence against Asian women, he was only convicted of reckless driving. Kim recalled the flippant attitude of the judge when handing down the sentence, comparing it to a sheriff's office spokesman on Wednesday saying the shooter in Atlanta was just having a really bad day.
“Just as the sheriff’s spokesman said today that this man was having a bad day,” Kim said, “the judge in the case with my sister said, ‘I can understand why this guy was frustrated, I get frustrated too.’ And that’s what he said, and that’s when the verdict was brought down that this would be reckless driving.”