*The report below includes an act of violence which may be triggering to some readers.
The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who brutally assaulted a 65-year-old Asian American woman who was on her way to to church. The incident comes as the height of attacks against members of the AAPI community, fueled by hateful rhetoric over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police released surveillance video which captured the event which took place on Monday morning around 11:40 a.m. in front of a Midtown Manhattan building.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the attack as a hate crime.
In the video, a Black man approaches the woman on the sidewalk and kicks her in the stomach, forcing the woman to fall to the ground. He can then be seen kicking her multiple times in the head, while reportedly hurling anti-Asian statements before walking away from the scene of the crime.
However, one of the most disturbing moments occurred when several witnesses failed to intervene in helping the woman. A man who is dressed as a delivery worker stops suddenly as the man hits the woman with the first blow and continues watching as she falls to the ground helpless. Soon after, multiple men dressed in suits walk up to the door, while one of them shuts the door as the woman lies on the ground after the attack.
The woman sustained multiple injuries including bruising and swelling, but is now in stable condition.
Crime Stoppers released images of the suspect, who was captured wearing a tan jacket and jeans, sporting a low haircut.
On their official Instagram account the building’s owners, The Brodsky Organization, announced the suspension of staff members who watched idly and failed to intervene.
The statement also said the organization was was working to identify the third-party delivery door vendor who was captured in the lobby at the start of the attack.
“The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community,” the statement concludes.
Police are also investigating a second attack on Monday after subway riders were caught violently attacking an Asian American man on the train.
Anyone with information on both attacks is urged to call the New York City Police Department’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
In New York City, the NYPD has ramped up their surveillance in AAPI communities throughout the city after a deadly shooting in the Atlanta region claimed the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian-American women. According to ABC News, from March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, there were more than 3,795 hate incidents against AAPI community members in the United States.
The violence marks a difficult turning point, where violent rhetoric remains around the COVID-19 pandemic after health organizations claimed the virus originated in Wuhan, China. Since last year, public officials like Trump helped fuel the hate by calling the virus the “China virus” or the “kung flu.”
Exonerated! Falsely Accused Black Folks Freed From Prison
1. Herbert Alford
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A Michigan man who spent nearly five years in custody is suing Hertz for failing to produce in a timely manner a receipt that would have proved his innocence long before he was convicted of a 2011 murder. https://t.co/kZaI5tdOv4— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 12, 2021
2. Walter Forbes
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“I don’t hold contempt for the people who lied to convict me ... The reason is selfish: I wasn’t going to allow them to destroy me," said Walter Forbes, freed and exonerated last week after 37 years with the help of @UofMInnocence. https://t.co/WfanIitchU— The Innocence Project (@innocence) December 14, 2020
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An innocent Philadelphia man has been freed after spending 19 years in prison because two police officers wrongly claimed he’d raped a woman and then shot at them, when he’d in fact saved her from a different man .Attorneys for Termaine Joseph Hicks claim cops made up the story . pic.twitter.com/FJp5DQUMoQ— HJ (Hank) Ellison (@hjtherealj) December 18, 2020
4. Clifford Williams, Nathan Myers
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After a combined 86 years incarcerated for a crime they did not commit, Clifford Williams Jr. and his nephew, Nathan Myers, were exonerated and released last week! Mr. Myers was 18 when he was arrested and is now 61. Mr. Williams was 33 and is now 76. https://t.co/EH2qPCspEj— Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org) April 5, 2019
5. Calvin BrightSource:WUSA9 5 of 15
6. Kevin Baker, Sean Washington
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Kevin Baker and Sean Washington received life terms in 1996 that were overturned on appeal in December https://t.co/MSWoxkwPzi— Courier-Post (@cpsj) February 4, 2020
7. Theophalis Wilson
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Theophalis Wilson was 17-years-old when he was falsely accused of a triple murder in Philadelphia and sentenced to life in prison. Now, 28 years later, he finally has his freedom. He spoke with @KeithJones https://t.co/mVDISp68hy pic.twitter.com/RQ2pEdZBfM— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) January 22, 2020
8. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart
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And they are out: Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart walk out of the Baltimore city courthouse after 36 yrs for a crime they didn’t do: pic.twitter.com/5UDGWMZmOB— Tom Jackman (@TomJackmanWP) November 25, 2019
9. Deandre Charles9 of 15
10. Exonerated Five - Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise10 of 15
11. Anthony Ray Hinton
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Name: Anthony Ray Hinton, who was on Alabama’s Death Row for nearly 30 years for a murder he didn’t commit. In 2018, he wrote about his experience in the NYT bestseller, The Sun Does Shine.— City of Birmingham (@cityofbhamal) October 4, 2019
Occupation: Works in community education with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery pic.twitter.com/EwiaJueimb
12. Lamar Johnson12 of 15
13. Wilbert Jones
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Louisiana man freed from prison after serving 43 years for a crime he did not commit. Wilbert Jones was arrested in 1971 at the age of 19 and convicted of rape in 1974. A judge overturned his conviction weeks ago. He still had to pay $2,000 bail before becoming a free man today. pic.twitter.com/LYV4gbTPOf— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) November 15, 2017
14. Xavier DavisSource:Courtesy of Xavier Davis 14 of 15
15. Huwe Burton
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2,372nd Exon: Huwe Burton was convicted in 1991 for stabbing his mother to death when he was 16. He was exonerated on Jan 24th after an investigation showed that his confession was coerced and that his mother's real killer was likely a downstairs neighbor. https://t.co/TM3f76moQ5 pic.twitter.com/rsU1NlPr2y— Exoneration Registry (@exonerationlist) February 4, 2019