December 2, 2023

A Diamond Bar man pleaded responsible on Thursday, Oct. 26, to a federal felony civil rights cost for disrupting a “Cease Asian Hate” rally in March 2021 when he ran a pink mild and drove via a crowded crosswalk of peaceable demonstrators as he shouted racial slurs.

Steve Lee Dominguez, 57, pleaded responsible on the third day of trial to 1 felony depend of bias-motivated interference with federally protected actions, in line with the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace.

In March 2021, a “Cease Asian Hate” rally was held in Diamond Bar to boost consciousness concerning the enhance in hate crimes and incidents towards members of the Asian American Pacific Islander group following the murders of six Asian American girls 5 days earlier in Atlanta.

Demonstrators assembled for the rally on the intersection of Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue carrying American flags and huge indicators in help of their trigger, and lawfully crossed the streets utilizing the pedestrian crosswalk once they had the correct of approach, prosecutors stated.

Dominguez was driving a black Honda Civic sedan. Whereas stopped at a pink mild on the intersection, he yelled, “Return to China!” and different racial insults and slurs on the demonstrators, in line with prosecutors. He then intentionally drove his automotive via the crosswalk on the pink mild, made an unlawful U-turn into oncoming site visitors, and lower off the route of demonstrators, largely girls and a younger little one, who have been lawfully crossing the road.

With that, he pulled his automotive over, obtained out and continued to yell racial slurs and threats on the demonstrators.