Lobby staff who closed the door of a Manhattan apartment building last week without taking immediate action after a Filipino-American woman was brutally attacked on the street outside have been fired the residents said in an email on Tuesday.
Rick Mason, executive director of the Brodsky organization’s leadership, owner of the Midtown luxury apartment building, told residents in an email that two doormen who were inside the building at the period had not followed “emergency and safety protocols”.
“For this reason, their employment was terminated, with immediate effect,” his email said. Mr. Mason did not identify the gatekeepers and a spokesperson for the union representing them did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The attack on the woman, Vilma Kari, 65, last Monday was part of a wave of assaults that has sparked growing fear and anxiety among Asian Americans in New York and across the country.
The fact that members of the building staff appeared to remain passive after it took place added to the outrage that greeted the publication of the video of the attack on Ms Kari, one of whom did not moving only to close the door while Ms. Kari was lying on the injured floor. This worker was fired, along with another doorman who was only visible in the video momentarily.
A longer version of the video the building aired in the days following the attack showed the two staff members standing for about a minute, although this video also showed that they may not have been not witnessed the attack firsthand.
They later got out of the building and appeared to be helping Ms. Kari. Mr. Mason’s email to residents noted that they had reported a police car.
Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested after the attack and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged him with three counts of assault as a hate crime. Mr Elliot, who in the video appeared to have kicked Ms Kari in the chest and head, referred to her as being Asian and told her, “You don’t belong here,” according to the report. criminal complaint.