2 doormen of a luxury New York City apartment building have been fired after failing to help an Asian woman who was violently attacked on the sidewalk...
And this sadly adds to the scarily high number of hate crimes being made against the Asian community here in the United States.
Here's the full story.
Warning: This article contains footage and information that some readers may find upsetting.
Now, hate crimes against the Asian community here in the United States have been rife for quite some time...
But tragically, awareness hasn't been as apparent as it should have been.
Especially since the pandemic kicked off last year...
Asian Americans have been receiving hate and abuse like never before due to the fact COVID-19 originated in China which, we must say, is utterly disgusting.
Nobody deserves to be abused and attacked because of their race...
And, even more tragically, killed.
Well, last month's horrific events were a prime example of this kind of hate...
And they left the entire world completely stunned.
On the evening of March 16th, twenty-one-year-old Robert Aaron Long went to 3 local spas and shot dead 8 innocent people in Cherokee and Fulcon County, Atlanta.
As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported at around 5 pm. Just a short while later, Long targeted the Gold Spa where he shot dead 3 women.
Shots were then fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found.
8 people in total tragically died.
The victim's names were:
CRIME- Mothers. Army veterans. Business owners. Newlyweds. These are the victims of the Atlanta spa massacre... women’s lives destroyed w/ little to no care. Obviously a hate crime against women but no second thought, no courage, no systemic change https://t.co/8NPpzNCJzH— The WAPB (@thewapb) March 31, 2021
Delaina Ashley Yaun, thirty-three.
Paul Andre Michels, fifty-four.
Xiaojie Yan, forty-nine.
Daoyou Feng, forty-four.
Soon Chung Park, seventy-four.
Hyun Jung Grant, fifty-one.
Suncha Kim, sixty-nine.
Yong Yue, sixty-three.
Long was arrested a few hours after the shootings following a manhunt...
TODAY 8 ASIAN WOMEN WERE KILLED IN A MASS SHOOTING HATE CRIME BY A TERRORIST IN ATLANTA. pic.twitter.com/BHCaDGFdKe— GUCCI MEIN 🍜 (@tomngo422) March 17, 2021
And although he is now in police custody facing 8 counts of murder and a charge of aggravated assault, people are feeling angrier than ever.
Many have been taking to social media to share their shock and heartbreak over the attack...
I live in Atlanta and am heartbroken about the 8 murders here tonight targeting Asian spas. Disgusting.— AtlBlue (@atl_randy) March 17, 2021
Alongside their anger over how yet another shooting has been allowed to take place here in America.
It's clear that many strongly believe this was a racially motivated attack...
What happened in Atlanta is a hate crime. Anything else is spin. Standing with the Asian American community against hate today and forever.— Jackie Venson (@jackievenson) March 17, 2021
And people have been rallying together both on the streets and online in protest of this kind of terrorism and, of course, to demand justice for America's Asian communities and the victims who lost their lives in this ruthless attack.
But despite the protesting and the awareness being raised...
This kind of despicable hate crime is still happening.
Which is what brings us back to today's shocking story.
2 doormen of a luxury New York City apartment block have been fired this week after they refused to help a sixty-five-year-old Asian woman as she was brutally attacked right outside the lobby doors on March 29th.
The poor woman sustained serious injuries from the random attack as she was kicked to the floor...
Including contusions and a fractured pelvis, and was treated at a Manhattan hospital, according to the NYPD.
The suspected attacker has since been arrested...
Thanks to assistance from the public and excellent investigative work by @NYPDHateCrimes Detectives, the individual wanted for Monday’s assault of a 65 year-old Asian female, at 360 West 43rd St, was arrested and charged with Felony Assault as a Hate Crime. pic.twitter.com/ZQRVGZEAb2— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 31, 2021
And has been identified as Brandon Elliot, alongside being charged with 2 counts of second-degree assault as a hate crime and 1 count of first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, according to the New York Police Department.
Elliot, thirty-eight, allegedly made anti-Asian statements and slurs toward the elderly woman during the physical assault...
And this attack sadly adds to the rapidly increasing number of anti-Asian hate crimes that have already been reported in New York City this year.
The Brodsky Organization, which owns the building at 360 W. 43rd St. in Manhattan, said in a statement on Tuesday that it had completed an inquiry into the doormen's response to the brutal attack.
"The full lobby video shows that once the assailant had departed, the doormen emerged to assist the victim and flag down an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that required emergency and safety protocols were not followed," the company said, as per CNN.
They then added:
"We are extremely distraught and shocked by this incident, and our hearts go out to the victim."
The doormen were suspended after the attack, pending the outcome of the investigation.
What can be worse is the passive response. People just standing by not wanting to help.— Ravi Singh (@rav7ks) March 30, 2021
People will rather take out their phones and record. Don’t just be a bystander because tomorrow it can be any one of us. #StopAsianHate
However, residents of the prestigious apartment building have been defending the doormen, saying in an open letter to the organization that the surveillance footage "most certainly mischaracterizes" their actions and that they did not believe the staff members had "failed us as residents, our Midtown Manhattan community, nor our fellow AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) New Yorkers."
But the vast majority who have witnessed the shocking CCTV footage think otherwise...
Who the hell are those evil people watching and doing nothing? They are just as responsible as the attacker. Makes me want to vomit.— Saraswati (@Saraswatikhalsa) March 30, 2021
And the doormen have been slammed for their "disgusting" and "ignorant" actions and refusal to help the poor woman.
You can watch the shocking footage of the attack here:
Another cowardly attack on an elderly Asian American woman. This one in New York City.— 🟣 Simran Jeet Singh (@simran) March 30, 2021
According to the NYPD, this 65-year-old woman was walking to church when she was assaulted by someone who yelled hate speech. #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/ooBprZHecA
And our thoughts and well-wishes go out to the victim of this appalling attack - we hope she makes a quick recovery soon.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.