Town Hall on NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force with NYPD Commissioner Shea & Deputy Inspectors Molinari and Loo

Stewart Kwoh
X. Rick Niu

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, C100 has been troubled by the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans that have swept our nation. This Town Hall was organized by C100 in the hopes that we can initiate ongoing dialogue between the Asian American community and the NYPD. The conversation addressed the origin and implementation of the task force, what other states and cities can possibly learn from their positive and negative experiences so far and ideas on future improvements. This event was made possible through C100 NY Chair X. Rick Niu, The Starr Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation.

This Town Hall featured New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea, Deputy Inspector Mark C. Molinari & Deputy Inspector Stewart Hsiao Loo who discussed the recent formation of the NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force. It was moderated by our very own C100 Member Stewart Kwoh, President Emeritus of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles.


Dermot Shea
Police Commissioner, New York City Police Department  

Dermot Shea was appointed the 44th police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2019. He previously served as the Chief of Detectives, the Chief of Crime Control Strategies, and the Deputy Commissioner of Operations.

He was instrumental in developing the NYPD’s precision policing methods used to identify, investigate, and arrest the relatively small percentage of offenders responsible for much of the city’s crime and violence. Hinging on the NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing crime-fighting philosophy, these highly-focused enforcement efforts apply intensive analysis to individual cases and patterns, and continue to push violence and disorder in New York City down past historically low levels, while simultaneously reducing street stops, arrests, and incarceration.

Widely experienced in both the patrol and the investigative sides of the department, Commissioner Shea is a hands-on police practitioner and dedicated police reformer. He speaks with urgency about the NYPD working in close partnership with all residents, community-based groups, city agencies, and others, on many fronts, with a special focus on helping young people steer clear of a first act of criminal behavior.

Commissioner Shea began his law-enforcement career in April 1991, assigned as a Police Officer in the 46th Precinct in the Bronx. He was promoted to Sergeant in April 1994, and served in the 52nd Precinct. When promoted to Lieutenant in November 1997, he served in the 24th Precinct, as well as the Manhattan South and Bronx Narcotics Divisions. After his promotion to Captain in July 2002, he served in Patrol Borough Bronx, and the Bronx and Queens Narcotics Divisions. He next served as executive officer of the 47th Precinct, and then was designated as commanding officer of the 50th Precinct, where he was promoted to Deputy Inspector in December 2007. He later served as commanding officer of the 44th Precinct, where he was promoted to Inspector in July 2010. He next served as commanding officer of Crime Control Strategies, where he was promoted to Deputy Chief in December 2013, and to Deputy Commissioner of Operations in March 2014. He was named the Chief of Crime Control Strategies in December 2016. In April 2018, he was named the Chief of Detectives by then-Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.

Commissioner Shea’s parents emigrated from Ireland in the 1950s, met each other and married in New York City, and settled in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens, where they had five children.

Commissioner Shea holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta. He has been married to his wife, Serena, for nearly 30 years. They have three children, Jacqueline, Lauren, and Richie; and one grandson, Aiden.

Mark C. Molinari  
Deputy Inspector, Commanding Officer, Hate Crimes Task Force, Special Enforcement Division

Deputy Inspector Mark C. Molinari is the Commanding Officer for the Hate Crime Task Force (HCTF) with the Investigative Support Division of the New York City Police Department. He has been with the NYPD for 25 years and has served as an Executive for 12 of those years. Prior to HCTF, Mark worked with the Special Victims Division, supervising all sex crime and child abuse cases in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in December of 2016 with a Masters in Homeland Security.

Stewart Hsiao Loo 
Deputy Inspector, Detective Bureau Manhattan, Group 2, New York City Police Department  

Stewart Loo was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a child in March 1983. He was raised in Nassau County, graduated from Valley Stream Central High School and SUNY Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Psychology. Upon graduation from college, he joined the NYPD in March 2000.

Deputy Inspector Loo was initially assigned to the 66th Precinct and then was transferred to the Gang Division in 2004. In 2005, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to various commands including the 114th Precinct, Internal Affairs Bureau and the Midtown South Detective Squad. In 2011, he was promoted to Lieutenant and continued his assignment in the Detective Bureau, and, subsequently, was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 17th Precinct Detective Squad. In 2013, Loo was promoted to Captain and was briefly assigned as the Executive Officer of the 62nd Precinct and, shortly thereafter, reassigned to the Detective Bureau Manhattan. During his tenure in the Detective Bureau, he has supervised every single detective squad in Manhattan North and Manhattan South. Deputy Inspector Loo is currently assigned as the Group 2 Captain in Manhattan South, covering the Detective Squads of Midtown South Precinct, Midtown North Precinct, and their respective Narcotics Module.

Deputy Inspector Loo has pursued higher education during his tenure, completing four graduate courses at CUNY John Jay College. He is happily married to my wife of eight (8) years and has a six (6) year old son, and resides within the confines of the 108th Precinct.

Stewart Kwoh
President Emeritus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles

Stewart Kwoh is the President Emeritus of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA). Kwoh is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations, Asian American studies, nonprofit organizations and philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian American attorney and community leader to receive this highly prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.”

Kwoh earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. He teaches at the university’s Asian American Studies Department, and has been an instructor at UCLA School of Law. He is a past expert in residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, and has two honorary doctorates from Williams College and Suffolk School of Law.

In 1983, Kwoh co-founded Advancing Justice – LA now, the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization that serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. The organization provides direct services to individual clients; engages in policy advocacy, research and analysis; litigates impact lawsuits; and provides social change-based leadership training. The organization has successfully challenged garment sweatshops, English-only workplace policies, racially discriminatory employment practices and unfair immigration laws as well as advocated for stronger protections for low-wage workers, limited English speaking immigrants, and hate crime victims.

Under Kwoh’s leadership, Advancing Justice – LA became a leading advocate for Asian American and NHPI communities while working to build bridges with African American, Latino, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Kwoh founded Advancing Justice – LA’s Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program, which has trained more than 1,000 community leaders and activists in the past decade.

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