Story at a glance:
- The doormen were fired for not doing enough to stop the attack, but their union says otherwise.
- The victim is a 65-year-old Filipina woman who was walking near a church.
- The alleged attacker is an ex-convict who is homeless.
Two doormen who seemingly failed to act while an attacker beat an elderly Filipina woman have been fired.
On Tuesday, the Brodsky Organization, the property management group for the luxury apartments in West Midtown in front of where the crime was caught on video, was displeased by the doormen for not doing more to help the woman.
The brutal assault is part of a national conversation about violence against Asian Americans, which has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some people blame China for the disease.
On March 30, union 32BJ SEIU, which represents the doormen, said door staff called for help.
“The incident on West 43rd St. is under investigation, including the role of the door staff. The information we have at the moment is that the door staff, members of SEIU 32BJ, called for help immediately. The staff in question has been suspended pending further investigation. Our union is working to get further details for a more complete account, and urge the public to avoid a rush to judgment while the facts are determined," 32BJ SEIU stated on its website.
Brodsky's internal investigation led to the doormen getting fired, Carolina Gonzalez, 32BJ’s regional communications manager, told The New York Daily News.
The alleged attacker is reported to be Brandon Elliot, 38, an ex-convict who is homeless. Elliot was released on supervised parole for killing his mother more than a decade ago. The victim is Vilma Kari, who was walking near a church, the Daily News reported.
"If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to WNBC. "Make noise. Call out what's happening. Go and try and help. Immediately call for help. Call 911. This is something where we all have to be part of the solution. We can't just stand back and watch a heinous act happening."
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