The doormen of the Midtown Manhattan apartment, where a heinous hate crime took place last month, are out of work.
The attack shocked many, with a man allegedly kicking and stomping a 65-year-old Asian woman right outside the luxury apartment at 360 West 43rd Street.
Video released after the attack appeared to show that several employees witnessed the attack but apparently failed to act.
The Brodsky organization, which owns the luxury apartment, initially suspended the two porters before they were fired.
A week after a violent attack, two porters who served as witnesses are out of work
The attack took place in front of a luxury building in Midtown Manhattan on Monday
In a surveillance video, a doorman was even seen closing the door after the attack
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In a statement released Tuesday, the company said, “ The Brodsky organization stands behind the Asian-American Pacific Islander Community (AAPI) against racism and hatred.
‘We are extremely distraught and shocked by this incident, and our hearts go out to the victim. We’ve worked with the AAPI civil society to reach out to her family and determine how best to support the fight against anti-Asian hate crime.
“We will continue to work with elected officials, the NYPD and civic groups on larger issues of security and justice.”
It added: ‘Today the Brodsky organization completed an investigation into the reaction of the two porters who were in the building at the time of this incident.
While the full lobby video shows that once the attacker left, the doormen came out to assist the victim and flag an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that the required emergency and security protocols were not followed.
“For this reason, their employment has been terminated with immediate effect.”
The names of the doormen have not been publicly released.
Footage taken on March 29 shows one of the doormen closing the door to the building while the alleged attacker, Brandon Elliot, 38, kicked and stomped at least three times in the face of Vilma Kari, 65.
The Brodsky organization later released footage of three men coming to Kari’s aid after the attack ended.
Whether the men called for help during the attack is disputed, they say CBSNewYork
The union representing the porters initially claimed they called the emergency number before leaving to say they had stopped a police car.
Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested and charged as the alleged attacker in the hate crime
Before Elliot was arrested, police offered a $ 2,500 reward for information
The NYPD, meanwhile, says they happened to run into the victim while driving around.
Residents of the luxury building came to publicly defend the doormen after criticizing them for their lack of action during the attack.
Pictured: 360 West 43rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, the setting for the brutal attack
“ The security footage of the attack, which was edited to focus on the attacker and intended to effect his arrest, is certainly a misrepresentation of 360 West’s door personnel, ” residents said in a letter obtained by Weekly real estate
The viral clip was unfortunately cut to inadvertently exclude the compassionate action of 360 West employees.
‘It is very clear to us that the doorman who acted to secure our building by closing the front door had no visibility at the time of the attack and was only responding to the aftermath of a physical altercation.
“As soon as we understood what had happened, we praise the staff’s prompt response in assisting the victim, alerting medics, and working with the police.”
“Our union is working to get more details for a more complete report, and is urging the public not to pass judgment quickly while the facts are being determined,” added SEIU 32BJ leader Kyle Bragg.
Elliot (left) could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of hate crime charges. Vilma Kari (right), 65, is recovering from the brutal attack at home
A fundraiser for Kari, meanwhile, has raised nearly $ 250,000 for her care.
“There are no words to describe how grateful we are for your kindness and time,” Kari’s daughter Liz wrote on GoFundMe.
“We have been blessed and humbled by your messages of uplifting and reminded that, despite how unique and different we are from each other, we can come together with the same strength, compassion, and resilience.”
Kari was released from hospital last Tuesday.
Elliot was formally charged in the case on Monday New York PostThe homeless person was on parole for the death of his own mother.
He will be charged on April 21.
Protesters have stood outside the luxury buildings with signs of support for Asian lives
Anti-Asian violence has tripled in New York City this year, from 11 to 33 attacks since a year ago
He has been charged with two charges of sexual assault as a hate crime, as well as one count of attempted sexual assault in the first degree.
Last week, Elliot was represented in court by two public defenders who did not contest his detention on the grounds that his life-time parole had been violated.
Elliot faces 25 years in prison, plus further sentences for violating his parole if convicted.
Elliot killed his mother in the Bronx in 2002, in front of his five-year-old sister, and was sentenced to 25 years to life. He was released from prison on life parole in 2019.
Police said Elliot lived in a hotel serving as a homeless shelter a few blocks from the site of the attack.
There is no evidence that Elliot knew the victim, a source previously told DailyMail.com.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Elliot’s post-release behavior raises serious questions about social service failures.
‘For the life of me, I don’t understand why we release or push people out of jail – not to give them a second chance, but to put them in homeless centers or shelters, or in this case a hotel – and expect well outcomes, ”Shea said at a press conference on Wednesday.
‘We need real opportunities. We need real safety nets. ‘
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack “absolutely disgusting and scandalous,” adding that it was “absolutely unacceptable” for witnesses not to help the woman.
CBSNewYork reports angry protesters had gathered outside the court where Elliot was scheduled to appear.
“There is absolutely no point in releasing someone who has murdered their own mother and letting them run freely on the street with little or no follow-up or social security,” one protester said. “Where was the probation officer?”
According to police, there are 33 anti-Asian hate crime victims in New York City so far in 2021 through March 28, three times as many as a year ago.
Pictured: A police officer on March 30 in Flushing, a heavily Asian neighborhood in NYC