Last week, a video of a man violently attacking an Asian American woman in New York City went viral all over the internet provoking the displeasure and anger of the Asian community and activists. On Wednesday, the New York Police Department announced that the person responsible for the violent attack had been arrested on hate crime charges, and this was not the first chance of trouble with the law.
A video that was shared across the Internet was obtained thanks to surveillance footage from a building near the crime scene. In the video, the hate crime began when an Asian woman could be seen walking down the sidewalk and a large man suddenly approached her while stopping. From there, the suspect can be seen kicking the woman to the ground, bobbing her head, and continuing to attack her even after she falls down.
According to the criminal complaint from the victim, a sixty-five-year-old Filipino American woman named Wilma Kari, the attacker, thirty-eight-year-old Brandon Elliott shouted: “F * ck you, not you” Here, you are Asian “. After attacking him, he left and left her still lying on the pavement.
In surveillance footage of the hate crime, security personnel failed to intervene and turned a blind eye despite footage showing that they were clearly witnesses of the incident. Even security went on the victim closing the door as he wound up just a few feet outside the building. ABC News reported that employees said they locked the door because the man had a knife, but went to help the victim shortly after he left.
Wilma Kari, a victim of Monday’s hate crime, settled from the Philippines to the US for decades. new York Times. His daughter had said that the elderly woman was in the midst of going to church at the time of the violent incident.
His injuries from the crime of hate were so bad that he had to be rushed to the hospital and treated for a broken pelvis and infection on his head and body. Police have confirmed that, thankfully, the woman is now in stable condition. A GoFundMe has been created to raise money for Kari’s recovery, and the fundraiser has since raised over ninety-seven thousand dollars.
Kari’s daughter also mentioned that the video footage showed another person on the street who was trying to attract and divert the attacker’s attention during the incident. His daughter wrote:For this person, I understand your decision in remaining anonymous in the meantime. I want to thank you for doing the right thing and moving forward.
Thank you for the support and excellent investigative work from the public. @NYPDHateCrimes Detectives, the man wanted to assault a 65-year-old Asian woman on Monday, at 360 West 43rd St., were arrested along with Felony Assault as Hate Crime. pic.twitter.com/ZQRVGZEAb2
– NYPD Hate Crime (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 31, 2021
Brandon Elliott, charged with assault on two counts of assault, as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault Buzzfeed News. Elliott was produced on Wednesday and she will go to court again on Monday. The Legal Aid Society, which is representing him, said that they “Urge the public to preserve judgment till all the facts are presented in the court ”.
“Mr. C. Elliott has the constitutional right to consultation and due process. As with every client we represent, he will not have access to our legal resources and expertise. We are reviewing the matter in full and coming forward. Will make additional comments in the days and weeks ahead. ”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also mentioned that Brandon Elliott is a parolee on supervised release. When the convicted assailant was nineteen, he was convicted for allegedly killing his mother in the Bronx, and was released from prison on lifetime parole in 2019.
Increase in anti-Asian hate crimes
The situation is one of several anti-Asian attacks across the US, most of which have been directed against older Asian adults, some of which are also fatal. According to the organization Stop AAPI Het, there have been at least 3,795 incitement incidents against Asian Americans that have been reported since the onset of the epidemic.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has claimed to have worked on more than a dozen cases related to anti-Asian racism in his office alone in the past year. Vance said in a statement:There is no place for these abominable acts of violence in New York, particularly as the AAPI community is still in mourning and in pain after a heinous attack by a gunman in Georgia earlier this month ”.
He said: “We stand with the AAPI community, and want you to know that we are here to listen, and help.”