The two doormen of luxury New York apartment buildings who were filmed watching the attack on an Asian woman last month have been fired, according to the owner of the building.
The Brodsky Organization, which owns and manages apartment buildings throughout the city, said it has completed an investigation into the response of the two doormen who were inside the building at the time of the assault.
“While the full lobby video shows that once the assailant left, doormen appeared to assist the victim and report an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that the required emergency and security protocols do not have not been tracked, “said a statement from the Brodsky organization. “For this reason, their employment was terminated, with immediate effect.”
“We are extremely distraught and shocked by this incident, and our hearts are with the victim. We are working with the AAPI civic community to reach out to her family and to determine how best to support the fight against anti-Asian hatred. crimes, ”the statement read.
The organization is retraining all building personnel “with respect to appropriate emergency response protocols as well as anti-bias awareness and spectator responses,” the statement added.
Vilma Kari, 65, 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 Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, reported the police.
Police released video showing 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.
Video appeared to show that as the assault continued, at least three people in the lobby of the building stood nearby and watched. One of them closed the door as the assailant walked away and left the woman on the ground, the video showed.
Kari was treated in hospital for a fractured pelvis, the district attorney’s office said.
Brandon Elliot, 38, has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault as a hate crime and one count of attempted first-degree assault as a hate crime, in connection with the attack Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said.
Elliot was already on life parole for fatally stabbing his mother in 2002, authorities said. He was released from prison in November 2019, police said. He lived in a hotel that served as a homeless shelter during the pandemic. He was taken into custody at the hotel, police said.
The incident, one of two violent attacks captured on camera in New York City recently, was the latest in a wave of crimes against Asian Americans across the country. An analysis of police department statistics this month found that 16 major cities across the United States experienced significant spikes in anti-Asian hate crimes 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 fell by 7% overall last year, those targeting Asians rose by nearly by 150%.
New York accounted for the largest increase from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, an increase of 833%.