A 65-year-old Asian American woman was repeatedly thrown to the ground and beaten outside a New York City apartment building on Monday as staff appeared to watch the attack without helping her, according to reports. police surveillance footage.
The New York Police Department’s hate crimes task force is investigating the incident and the company that runs the luxury apartments has suspended staff members who witnessed the assault and did not intervene.
The attack took place around 11:40 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of West 43rd Street, which is in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, police said.
Footage captured a man hitting the victim in the stomach, causing him to fall to the ground. The man then stomped on the woman’s head several times while making anti-Asian statements, police said.
As the assault continued, the video appeared to show at least three people inside the apartment lobby standing and watching the incident unfold. One of them closed the door as the assailant walked away and left the woman on the ground, according to the footage.
“The victim suffered a serious physical injury and was taken by EMS to NYU Langone Hospital,” where she was stable, police said in a statement.
The department released photos of the attacker, who is still at large. Police are hoping someone can help them identify him.
Early Tuesday, the Brodsky Organization, the company that manages the luxury apartments, said in a statement posted on Instagram that it “condemns all forms of violence, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian-American community.” .
The company added that “staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union,” and that it is working to identify a “third-party supplier present. during the incident so that appropriate measures can be taken ”.
Officials decried the vicious attack and condemned building staff who did not try to stop it.
New York City Council Chairman Corey Johnson said on Twitter the attack was “absolutely vile”.
“These attacks on Asian New Yorkers must stop,” he tweeted. “Hate has no place here and we must always speak out against it when we see it.”
Scott Stringer, comptroller of the city of New York and candidate for mayor, called the attack “absolutely disgusting.”
“Asian Americans belong to New York and are an integral part of our city,” Stringer tweeted. “We must continue to speak out, we must continue to protect our AAPI neighbors, and we must act immediately for #StopAsianHate.”
Representative Grace Meng, DN.Y., who has led legislation to tackle hate crimes linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, said the video embodied the lack of empathy towards Asian Americans.
“We went from being invisible to being sub-human”, Meng tweeted. “We just want to be seen as Americans like everyone else.”
The incident was one of two violent attacks captured on camera in New York on Monday, and the latest in a wave of crimes against Asian Americans across the country.
Earlier this month, an analysis of police department statistics found that the United States saw a significant increase in anti-Asian hate crimes last year in 16 major cities.
The analysis, published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that while hate crimes in 2020 were down 7% overall, those targeting Asians increased by nearly 150. %.
New York accounted for the largest increase from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, an 833% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.