Story at a glance

  • A man who attended Black Lives Matter protests has been arrested for allegedly committing two separate hate crimes against Asian American women in March.
  • Pamela Cole, who is Chinese and Malaysian, said Christopher Hamner, a 51-year-old Black man from Seattle, verbally assaulted her and her young children at a traffic light.
  • “I just felt so defenseless and so helpless. And you know as a mom, all we want to do is take care of our kids and protect them,” Cole said.

A Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporter has been arrested for allegedly committing two separate hate crimes against Asian women in March. 

Pamela Cole, who is Chinese and Malaysian, told KIRO 7 News that Christopher Hamner, a 51-year-old Black man from Seattle, verbally assaulted her and her young children at a traffic light on March 16. Cole said the incident happened after a rally against anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination. 

Hamner had previously posted photos himself at a BLM protests on social media, according to The Post Millennial. The man also “spent time” at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) — an occupation protest for social justice — but activists and organizers remember Hamner for his “creepy stares” and his actions that seemed to “come out of left field,” KPIC reports.

“The moment he made eye contact with me he stopped, opens his door and he’s screaming, ‘F--- you, you Asian b----. F--- you!’ and I was in complete shock. Are you talking to me?” Cole said.


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Cole told KIRO 7 the situation accelerated quickly after the initial verbal ambush. She said Hamner got out of his car and ran at them yelling at her to get out. She told the outlet she was not sure if Hamner had a weapon, but added that she felt like her family were “sitting ducks.” 

“I just felt so defenseless and so helpless. And you know as a mom, all we want to do is take care of our kids and protect them,” Cole said.

“Then thank god the light changed. And even as we were running through and trying to turn, he’s still throwing things at us, and watching as I’m turning and watching where I’m going,” Cole added. 

Cole told the outlet that when she believed her family was away from Hamner she pulled over at a business to call the police. 

Hamner is accused of committing a similar hate crime two days later, when he cut off two Asian women in a vehicle. The vehicle had a dashboard camera, which enabled authorities to identify Hamner. Hamner is accused of allegedly charging at the women and throwing an object at the car, The Seattle Times reported.

Hamner, whose attorneys say he is a Navy veteran who suffers from a mental illness, was charged with one hate crime and pleaded not guilty last week, the New York Post reported. The judge Hamner’s bail at $10,000.


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Published on Apr 15, 2021