Doormen Fired After Closing Door On Asian American Woman Attacked In NYC
Two bouncers were fired after a man attacked an Asian woman on the sidewalk outside her building in late March and instead of stepping in or going out to help her immediately afterwards, they closed the door.
The Brodsky organization, which owns the condominium building in question on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, fired the workers Tuesday and said in a statement to the media that "required emergency and safety protocols were not followed" during the incident.
The company found that a full video (instead of the shorter clip that went viral) showed the bouncers later coming out of the building to help the woman stop a police car.
The union that the bouncers belonged to, SEIU 32BJ, confirmed the layoffs to HuffPost, saying that both employees have started filing complaints about their dismissals.
The viral video of the incident shows a man viciously assaulting a woman - later identified as 65-year-old Vilma Kari, who is Filipina - and repeatedly kicking her face. Police said the attacker shouted anti-Asian slurs and said, "You don't belong here."
Security footage shows one of the bouncers in the building's lobby closing the street door after the attacker leaves and Kari is still on the ground. The workers were originally suspended after the video came out.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time that it was “absolutely unacceptable” for viewers not to intervene, adding, “I don't care who you are, I don't care what you do , you have to help your New Yorker. "
One suspect, Brandon Elliott, was later arrested and charged with hate crimes, according to police. Kari sustained serious injuries, including a broken pelvis, and was discharged from the hospital, NPR reported.
The attack sparked outrage as anti-Asian racism increased across the country. Since last year, Asian Americans have been reporting an increase in racial violence, often related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hate crimes against Asian-American and Pacific islanders increased by 150% in major US cities, according to a study. Stop AAPI Hate recorded an alarming 3,795 reports of racist violence against Asian Americans from early 2020 to early 2021. People were labeled, spat at and attacked as racist slurs.
The former bouncer's union said it "takes anti-Asian hatred and all forms of discrimination seriously" and noted that the majority of its members are "immigrant, black and brown workers" who "face much the same racism and violence as ours AAPI "neighbors" do.
"All union workers, especially paint workers who are often treated unfairly, have a right to a fair trial," the union said.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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