On the morning of March 29, a 65-year-old Asian woman was attacked on her way to church.
Recorded on video surveillance from an apartment building in Manhattan, the woman can be seen stopping suddenly and then being repeatedly kicked.
Reports say the attacker could be heard yelling:
"F*ck you. You don't belong here."
Three security guards could be seen staring at the scene, then one them closed the sliding door.
None of the men helped the woman during the attack or after.
You can see the surveillance footage released by the NYPD here:
NYPD says 65-year-old Asian American woman was walking to church this morning when suspect assaulted her and said “… https://t.co/QEEc7OCPc9— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617065525.0
Here’s another angle of the 65-year-old Asian American woman (Filipino) repeatedly kicked in her head in Hell’s Kit… https://t.co/zA4bw0SwFC— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617115704.0
The brutal attack alone is enough to turn your stomach. But the callous indifference by bystanders, is adding anger… https://t.co/a7DgaHHE3y— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617144977.0
People wanted to know how the security guards' employers would react.
@gartmartin9 @CeFaanKim Apparently they hire gutless cowards that have no business being a security guard. They should be fired.— PKbret (@PKbret)1617074125.0
The security guards have been suspended by the Brodsky Organization.
Security guard has been suspended. https://t.co/MCyIDlJsey— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617079435.0
Many are outraged by the lack of response from the onlookers during the attack.
@CeFaanKim This is absolutely disgusting. The fact that the security guard did NOTHING and CLOSED THE DAMN DOOR is outrageous! 😡😡😡— Katie S. Phang (@Katie S. Phang)1617066147.0
@CeFaanKim What kind of security guards are those? Not only do they not assist this poor woman, but the one dude sh… https://t.co/w1sR9tO3fF— Nathan Max (@Nathan Max)1617076621.0
Standing by and watching someone get violently attacked is not ok. Have some courage, if we stand up for our brothe… https://t.co/BfDceuBz5B— Lewis Tan (@Lewis Tan)1617098489.0
NYPD used other surveillance footage to identify the man behind the crime.
He has since been arrested according to a tweet sent out by the NYPD Hate Crimes Twitter account.
Thanks to assistance from the public and excellent investigative work by @NYPDHateCrimes Detectives, the individual… https://t.co/EdXCPaJuJA— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPD Hate Crimes)1617169241.0
38-year-old Brandon Elliot arrested and charged with Attempted Assault as a Hate Crime & Assault as a Hate Crime. H… https://t.co/sU8FRqALjd— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617191589.0
in November 2019. Elliot was identified by residents as a local homeless person, tips directed police to a hotel se… https://t.co/rIsEyOXzEL— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617191629.0
The rise in attacks is not new according to Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tracking and responding to Asian American and Pacific Islander hate.
NYPD: Through March 28, there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim so far this year. Compared to 29 report… https://t.co/uxuyvN1xL5— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim)1617121294.0
In a report covering instances of hate crimes against AAPI individuals from the beginning of March 2020 to end of February 2021, there have been 3,795 incidents nationally received by Stop AAPI Hate. Within those reports, 11.1% of them were physical attacks.
Dear @GOP elected officials: When the former President used racist phrases like “Kung Flu” he was harming the Asian… https://t.co/Ez9qrCZDJy— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1616865894.0
However, the increased hate comes from rhetoric pushed by former President Donald Trump based on a study of his Twitter activity. He has been seen calling COVID-19 the 'Chinese Virus' or the 'Kung Flu' which only adds to the growing attacks on Asians and Pacific Islanders, regardless of if they are from China or not.
Thank you to @POTUS for doing everything he can to unite our country. This is in stark contrast to the former Pres… https://t.co/4rXJnwdJcB— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1617121950.0
It’s not a coincidence that hate crimes against Asian Americans started spiking during the pandemic. Hateful people… https://t.co/XDctBaRL1g— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1617079052.0
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