The two doormen at a New York City luxury apartment building who were caught on video appearing to see an Asian woman attack last month were fired, according to the building’s owner.
The Brodsky Organization, which owns and manages apartment buildings across the city, said it had completed an investigation into the response of the two doormen who were inside the building at the time of the assault.
“While the full video from the lobby shows that once the assailant was gone, doormen emerged to assist the victim and stop a NYPD vehicle, it is clear that emergency and security protocols were not followed. required, “said a statement from the Brodsky Organization. “For this reason, his employment has been terminated, effective immediately.”
“We are extremely shocked and shocked by this incident, and our hearts go out to the victim. We have been working with the AAPI civic community to reach out to his family, as well as to determine the best way to support the fight against anti-hatred. Asian crimes, “the statement read.
The organization is training all building personnel “regarding proper emergency response protocols, as well as bias awareness and bystander interventions,” the statement added.
Vilma Kari, 65, who is of Filipino descent, was on her way to church on the morning of March 29 when she was attacked on West 43rd Street between 8th and 9th avenues in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, police said.
Police released a video showing a man kicking the victim in the stomach, causing him to fall to the ground. The man then hit the woman’s head several times while making anti-Asian statements, police said.
The video appeared to show that as the assault continued, at least three people in the apartment building’s lobby stood watching. One of them closed the door as the attacker walked away and left the woman on the ground, the video showed.
Kari was treated at the hospital for a broken pelvis, the district attorney’s office said.
Brandon Elliot, 38, was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree as a hate crime and one count of attempted battery in the first degree as a hate crime, in connection with the attack, said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr..
Elliot was already on life probation for fatally stabbing his mother in 2002, authorities said. He was released from prison in November 2019, according to police. He lived in a hotel that has been serving as a shelter for the homeless during the pandemic. He was detained at the hotel, police said.
The incident, one of two violent attacks captured on camera in New York City recently, it was the latest in a wave of crimes against Asian Americans across the country. An analysis of police department statistics this month revealed that 16 major US cities experienced significant spikes in hate crimes against Asians last year.
The analysis, published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that while hate crimes decreased overall by 7 percent last year, those targeting Asian people they increased by almost 150 percent.
New York accounted for the largest increase from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, an increase of 833 percent.