April 19, 2021, Update: The PSA is now live and available in full-length and 30-second versions.
Original press release:
FBI New Haven organized and created a joint public service announcement (PSA) between FBI, chief state’s attorney, U.S. attorney, Connecticut State Police, Connecticut attorney general, and world-renowned forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee.
The public service announcement, filmed by the Connecticut State Police, is aimed at building trust between Asian communities and law enforcement. The message was spoken in English, Mandarin, and Philippine languages by each of the highly respected officials of Connecticut’s various Asian populations. Attorney General William Tong delivered the unified message in English and Mandarin. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Sean Yan delivered the message in Cambodian, and Philippine American Connecticut State Trooper Luke LaRue spoke in English. Dr. Henry Lee spoke in Mandarin and English.
On April 8, 2021, following the taping of the PSA, FBI New Haven Special Agent in Charge David Sundberg led a full press conference to address the collaboration between all state and federal agencies to raise awareness and confidence of Asian residents to report being a victim or witness of any crime based on their race, religion, ethnic background, or gender.
Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney Leonard Boyle, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor, Attorney General Tong, and Connecticut State Trooper Josue Dorelus all gave statements to the media highlighting the importance of gaining the trust of Asian members of communities.