A rock was thrown through the window of San Mateo Councilmember Amourence Lee’s home on Tuesday.
Lee recorded the aftermath of the frightening experience on Facebook Live. She called police and said her family, including her young daughter, was not hurt.
An unknown suspect threw the rock in an area of the window where her family hangs an American flag. Lee suspects the incident was retribution for her attending her city’s first ever LGBT Pride flag-raising ceremony on Monday evening. The incident occurred amid a time of deep turmoil in the community and nation reeling over the killing of George Floyd while in Minnesota police custody. It also comes as local leaders battle an increase in anti-Asian assaults and harassment connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, police responded to another incident of anti-China graffiti in San Mateo.
“This is where we hang the American flag that says dignity, liberty and justice for all,” Lee, who is Asian, said in the video. “This is where the rock went through the window.”
The rock caused glass to shatter inside her home. Lee described being frightened by a clear act of violence and harassment in her community.
“I’m not afraid of you,” she said on Facebook Live. “I will not stop. There are too many people calling for justice, and this community is with me, and this community will continue working for justice. We will not stop.”
Lee also expressed gratitude for community support since the incident.
Posted by Amourence Lee, San Mateo City Councilwoman on Tuesday, June 2, 2020