Sunday 11th December 2016,

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Queens Community Seeks Upgrade to Manslaughter for the Death of Chun Man Tse

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Queens Community Seeks Upgrade to Manslaughter for the Death of Chun Man Tse

By Shirley N. Lew
AsAmNews New York Correspondent

 

Over 200 people marched in Flushing, Queens  from the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in memory and support of member and volunteer Chun Man Tse and his family. Tse, also known as Vincent, was killed when authorities say Cleamon Anderson punched him after a fender bender. He died a week later in late July.

Assemblyman Ron Kim lead the demonstration and was joined by Tse’s son and daughter, Steve Tse and Ivy Tse. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Coucilman Peter Koo and other local officials also joined the protest.

Marchers hold before and after images of Mr. Tse.

Marchers hold  images of Mr. Tse.

 

Anderson was charged with assault and is currently out on bail.  After Tse’s death which was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, the DA has not amended the charges despite mounting frustration from the Tse family and the community. Anderson’s sister, Robin Anderson, an NYPD school crossing guard, who was present when her brother punched Tse, lied to investigators that Tse was hurt from a fall and has been suspended from her job. Surveillance cameras in the area showed Anderson punching Tse and him falling to the ground.

Mrs. Tuong, a senior citizen tells me why she is marching in the rally.

Assemblyman Ron Kim said,  “We are here to ask the Queens DA to upgrade the charges from assault to manslaugher or higher, and to hold both individuals accountable for their actions. Over 6,000 signatures was submitted to the DA. We are marching today for justice for Mr. Tse to send a strong message that we stand up for the elderly.”

Hear our interview with Assemblyman Ron Kim.

Assemblyman Ron Kim Speaks at the site of where Mr. Tse was punched.

Assemblyman Ron Kim Speaks at the site of where Mr. Tse was punched.

 

Tse’s son, Steve spoke about how his father was a “kind, selfless handyman,” and “His death leaves a void in our lives. This void hurts all the way back to his country where his brothers and sisters in China reside.” He also added how difficult it has been seeing his father’s empty chair and bed.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer said that the community is built by hard working people who want a better life like Tse. He said, “We do have a right to as a community to demand justice, to send a strong message that we are suppose to protect our seniors.”

 

My interview with Harvey Wolfe, a senior citizen from the rally.

“This extreme act of violence is an act of cowardness,” said Councilman Peter Koo, “He must be punished by the full extent of the law.”

Community Activist, Karlin Chan questions why the investigators are unconvinced even with clear video footage of Anderson, a six foot two, 44 year-old man of 275 pounds, punching a five foot five, 68 year-old 115 pound Tse does not show any intent to do harm.

Members of the senior center and the community hold signs in the rally for justice for Mr. Tse.

Members of the senior center and the community hold signs at the rally for justice for Mr. Tse.

 

“There is intent when Anderson chooses to escalate a minor traffic accident instead of exchanging insurance information, he choose to bully the much smaller 115 pound Tse,” Chan said at the rally.

Chan is also challenging the investigators opinion that “it is rare for someone to be punched once, fall on the ground, hit his head and to die from it, but that’s what actually happened. ”

Kim said that he spoke to the DA before the demonstration and that they are open to working with him. He added that if they do not upgrade the charges, a grand jury might make the determination next month.

“We will continue to work with the DA. I had a chance to speak with them directly this morning before the rally.

Members of the senior center hold signs to support Tse and his family.

Members of the senior center hold signs in support of the community and the Tse Family.

They are open to working with us, we have a good relationship with the DA and hopefully we can upgrade the charges soon. And if not, they are relying on a grand jury next month to determine whether the charges will be upgraded or not, “ Kim said.

What are your safety concerns as a senior citizen?

Do you believe this was racially motivated?

What should be charges for Anderson’s sister, the NYPD school crossing guard?
 

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4 Comments

  1. Charlie Wang says:

    RE: Queens community seeks upgrade to manslaughter for the death of Chun Man Tse: Today I learned that Asian Lives Don’t Matter in this country.

    Does the country need the Asian community to burn down gas stations or riot/loot into the night in order to get justice for Chun Man Tse?

  2. Joe says:

    RE: Queens community seeks upgrade to manslaughter for the death of Chun Man Tse: Where are the black lives matter supporters who claim it’s not just about black people but justice for all people of color?

    1. Ben says:

      RE: Queens community seeks upgrade to manslaughter for the death of Chun Man Tse: Blm is primarily concerned with police actions. Not necessarily concerning citizens against citizens.

  3. Jason Fong says:

    RE: Queens community seeks upgrade to manslaughter for the death of Chun Man Tse: I hope Mr. Tse and his family can find justice, and it looks like they have community support. I’m a little bit concerned about the anti-blackness that always seems to creep into these discussions. I think we can support and advocate without denigrating other communities.

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