New York City Police are searching for this man who assaulted a 65-year-old Asian woman in broad daylight in Midtown on the sidewalk at West 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue. The movie below shows a man within a building just a couple of feet away watching the assault. Like many others, he really does nothing. One person who did behave was a security guard who walks over and closes the door. [Update: The NYPD has detained Brandon Elliott for the crime].
Even the New York Post noted that the defendant yelled anti-Asian bills while he beat the woman, for example,”F–k you, you do not belong here.”
One man stops undoing packs to see the entire attack without intervening. Then two building security officers appear to walk and close the door. The Post reports that the guard insisted that he was unaware of the assault. But he could at a minimum certainly see the woman in distress on the ground.
Even the New York police division has listed a 1,300 percent increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic.
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