Saturday, 31 July, 2021


Police release video showing man attacking Asian American woman as witnesses watch

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Conrad Doyle | 30 March, 2021, 21:24

"You don't belong here", to the victim, who was later taken to NYU Langone Hospital.

Police said they also are investigating the assault and choking of an Asian man on the city subway, after a Twitter user, @AsianDawn4, published a video of the victim being punched by a man dressed in all black, PIX 11 reported.

In a since-deleted tweet, the NYPD's Asian Hate Crimes unit wrote, "The cold hearted building security guard not only failed to render aid, he closed the door on the victim", according to WABC-TV.

The Brodsky Organization, the company that owns the building, announced in a statement Monday that the "staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunciton with their union".

It is unclear what prompted the violent incident, but a woman can be overheard in the video being asked what sparked the attack.

The NYPD says they are trying to find the attacker and figure out what exactly happened.

Officials decried the vicious attack and condemned the building staff members who did not try to stop it. The organization, which tracks incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the USA, said that number is "only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur".

It's unclear what caused the encounter as the clip we see started after the altercation began, with commenters suggesting it might have been a mugging.

"Asian Americans for too long in this country have been shamefully scapegoated because of ignorant fear", New York Rep. Grace Meng said. "We just want to be seen as American like everyone else". Stop AAPI Hate, a hate crimes watchdog, has said they have received more than 2,800 reports of firsthand experiences with racism from Asians and Asian Americans since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, an analysis of police department statistics revealed that the United States experienced a significant hike in anti-Asian hate crimes a year ago across 16 major cities.

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic early previous year, the report found.

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