Two New York doormen who shut the doors to their building’s apartment lobby when a 65-year-old Asian woman was hit outside have been fired, as per the building’s owner.
The Brodsky Organization, which possesses the building at 360 W. 43rd St. in Manhattan, mentioned in a statement on Tuesday that it had finished an inquiry into the doormen’s reply to the March 29 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 remarked.
“We are extremely distraught and shocked by this incident, and our hearts go out to the victim,” it further added.
The doormen were fired after the attack, waiting for the outcome of the investigation. Building residents had shielded the men in an open letter to the organization, commenting that the surveillance footage “most certainly mischaracterizes” their actions and that they did not trust the staff members had “failed us as residents, our Midtown Manhattan community, nor our fellow AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) New Yorkers.”
Brandon Elliot, the accused attacker, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime and one count of first-degree tried assault as a hate crime, as shared by the New York Police Department.
Elliot, 38, purportedly made anti-Asian statements toward the woman during the physical attack. The woman had severe injuries, including bruises and a fractured pelvis, and was cured at a Manhattan hospital, as per the NYPD.
The assault that took place midmorning comes across against a backdrop of attacks against Asians and Asian-Americans, comprising the Atlanta-area spa shootings that took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian women.
The NYPD documented 31 anti-Asian hate crimes in the city so far this year compared to zero this time the previous year.
Local union SEIU 32BJ recognized the two fired employees as a doorman and a concierge who are members of the union. President Kyle Bragg mentioned in a statement that the union is “comprised of majority immigrant, Black and brown workers.”
“Under their collective bargaining agreement, both employees have the right to file grievances. There is a contractual process to challenge terminations. The employees have initiated that process, but the process is just beginning and can take weeks or months,” Bragg mentioned. “We take anti-Asian hatred, and all forms of discrimination, seriously.”