NYPD seeks information after video of brutal subway beating emerges

NYPD seeks information after video of brutal subway beating emerges

An Asian-American woman has been attacked on the streets of New York City by a man who repeatedly kicked her in front of witnesses who seemingly stood by, according to surveillance footage.

Videos on social media showed the attacker kicking the woman in the stomach, knocking her to the ground and stamping on her at least three times before walking away without anyone trying to protect her.

The incident was one of two violent attacks captured on camera in New York City on Monday, and the latest in a wave of crimes against Asian Americans across the country.

The woman is in hospital with serious injuries.

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The attack comes amid a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, and happened just weeks after a mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent. Police hope someone can help them identify him.

Scott Stringer, New York City's comptroller and mayoral candidate, called the attack "absolutely disgusting". The Brodsky Organization, the management company for building, posted a statement saying it "condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community". He condemned the attack as "yet another example of the unbridled hate and terror" against Asian-Americans.

The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the attack and has asked anyone with information to contact the department.

From March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021, there were more than 3,795 hate incidents, including verbal harassment and physical assault, against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit organization that tracks such incidents.

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic early a year ago, the report found.

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