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New York City doormen who watched attack on Asian woman fired

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a rise in anti-Asian violence.  

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The doormen who closed the door to a Manhattan apartment building last week as an Asian woman was brutally attacked outside has been fired.  

In an email to residents on Tuesday, the executive director of management at the Brodsky Organization, Rick Mason, said that the two staff members did not follow the “required emergency and safety protocols,” according to The New York Times.  

“For this reason, their employment has been terminated, effective immediately,” Mason said.  

Last week a video showed Brandon Elliot attacking Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old Filipina American woman, as she was walking to work on March 29. He is seen slamming Kari onto the sidewalk and kicking her head.  

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According to the New York Daily News, he was on supervised parole after being in prison for killing his mother more than ten years ago.  

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a rise in anti-Asian violence.  

Hate crimes targeting Asians increased by almost 150 percent in 2020, according to analysis from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.  

Elliot was arrested for the attack and was charged with three counts of assault as a hate crime, according to the Times.