Video shared on social media shows an altercation between a black man and an Asian man that progresses to a vicious beating and choking that leaves the Asian man unconscious.
A New York City subway rider allegedly beat a fellow passenger on Sunday in what the New York Police Department (NYPD) is calling a possible hate crime, according to a graphic video. He ordered the state police's Hate Crimes Task Force to offer its assistance to the NYPD.
Later, two more men wearing blazers walked into the frame and one of them closed the door as the woman was on the ground.
As the assault continued, video appeared to show at least three people inside the lobby of the apartment standing by and watching the incident unfold.
The woman suffered "serious physical injury" and was hospitalized in stable condition, police said. The NYPD says there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim so far this year, news outletsreported.
In the footage, an unidentified man is seen kicking the woman in the chest, after which she falls to the ground.
In a statement following the incident, the Brodsky Organization, the company that owns the apartment building, announced it had suspended the staff members who witnessed the attack.
Shea recently said the agency would increase its outreach and patrols in predominantly Asian communities.
"Asian Americans for too long in this country have been shamefully scapegoated because of ignorant fear", New York Rep. Grace Meng said. The coronavirus pandemic and its suspected origins in the Chinese city of Wuahn is cited as having led to a fresh onslaught of anti-Asian discrimination in the United States that has waged on for over year. According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate, more than 3,795 incidents in the U.S. were reported to the organisation from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021.
The attack came amid a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, weeks after a mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent. Rallies have been held in dozens of USA cities in recent weeks calling for an end to anti-Asian violence.