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New York gatekeepers fired for failing to intervene in attack on Filipina American

New York gatekeepers fired for failing to intervene in attack on Filipina American

Two New York City apartment workers were fired for failing to help a Filipino American woman as she was violently attacked on the sidewalk outside, the management company said on Tuesday. of the building.

Surveillance video from the March 29 attack near Times Square showed that the doormen did not come out and approach the woman only more than a minute after the violence ended and the assailant left.

The men watched from the lobby as Vilma Kari, 65, was repeatedly punched and trampled, the video showed. One of them closed the door to the building while Kari was lying on the ground seconds after the attack was over.

The building management company, the Brodsky organization, initially suspended doormen pending an investigation. The investigation ended on Tuesday and the two doormen were fired, the company said.

“While the full lobby video shows that once the assailant left, doormen appeared to assist the victim and report an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that the required emergency and security protocols do not have not been tracked, ”the company said in a statement.

The Brodsky Organization is also committed to training all building staff in emergency response protocols, bias awareness and bystander intervention.

Workers contest dismissal: union

The gatekeepers’ union, Local 32BJ of the International Union of Service Employees (SEIU), said the workers were challenging their layoffs as part of a grievance process outlined in their collective agreement. The process can take months, the union said.

“We believe we need to eradicate systemic racism in all its forms,” 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg said in a statement. “We believe that all unionized workers, especially workers of color who are often treated unfairly on the job, have a right to a fair process as outlined in their contract.”

People take part in a Stop Asian Hate rally in Times Square in New York City on April 4 in the wake of the attack, which was one of the latest in a surge in violence against Asians in North America. (Eduardo Munoz / Reuters)

The union previously said the doormen waited for the attacker to move away to check on Kari and report a nearby patrol car because they believed he had a knife.

Surveillance video shows a police car pulling over about a minute after the doormen exits. Workers and officers are seen with her on the sidewalk for several minutes before the video stops.

Brandon Elliot, a 38-year-old parolee convicted of murdering his mother almost two decades ago, has been charged with assault and attempted assault as hate crimes.

He is due to be charged with a felony on April 21. His lawyers urged the public to “reserve judgment until all the facts are presented in court.”

Attack widely condemned

Kari, who emigrated from the Philippines decades ago, was attacked outside a luxury apartment building on his way to church. She suffered serious injuries, including a broken pelvis, and spent a day in the hospital.

Kari’s daughter Elizabeth Kari posted on a fundraising website on Sunday that she has set up to help pay for her mother’s care that Kari “has been resting for the past few days and wants to send to her in the best possible way. as your energy, your prayers and your thoughts reached Him and our family. “

The attack, one of the latest in an outbreak of violence against Asian peoples in North America and linked in part to misplaced blame for the coronavirus pandemic, has drawn widespread condemnation and raised alarms about it. which seemed to be the fact that the spectators hadn’t helped. Police said no one called 911 and passing patrollers came across Kari after she was assaulted.

Elizabeth Kari said a person across the street who was not seen on surveillance video assisted by shouting to distract the attacker.

A widely viewed snippet of surveillance video ended as the attacker walked away from Kari. Elizabeth Kari said the attacker was crossing the street and walking towards the spectator who was yelling at him. This person has remained anonymous, she said.

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