New York City police investigating two brutal assaults of Asians

NYPD Hate Crimes unit asking for public's help with solving brutal assault on Asian man

NYPD Hate Crimes unit asking for public's help with solving brutal assault on Asian man

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.

The video showed the man, dressed in all black, punching his victim before putting him into a chokehold, leaving the victim unconscious.

A video shows the attacker exchanging punches with the man at the end of the train auto.

The victim was taken to the NYU Langone Hospital with a fractured pelvis, and is reportedly in a stable condition.

It follows the mass shootings in the USA state of Georgia earlier this month in which eight people died at spas in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian women.

US President Joe Biden has said that the "vicious" hate crimes against Asian-Americans in the country amidst the pandemic were "un-American", and must stop.

"If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can", he said.

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Scott Stringer, New York City's comptroller and mayoral candidate, called the attack "absolutely disgusting". One man shut the door of a nearby building without attending the victim, the footage showed. He ordered the state police's Hate Crimes Task Force to offer its assistance to the NYPD.

The NYPD says they are trying to find the attacker and figure out what exactly happened.

Anyone with information regarding either incidents is urged to call the New York City Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

The Brodsky Organization, the company that owns the building, announced in a statement Monday that the "staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunciton with their union".

"These attacks against Asian-American New Yorkers must end", he tweeted.

Since Friday, the New York City Police Department has ramped up patrols in predominately Asian communities, including the Queens neighborhood of Flushing and its Chinatown, according to Shea.

According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate, more than 3,795 incidents were reported to the organisation from March 19 last year to February 28 this year, but that is "only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur".

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