The two bouncers, who can be seen on surveillance tape following an anti-Asian attack on an elderly woman, have been fired from their jobs.
It was announced Tuesday that two New York bouncers were fired for failing to help an Asian American woman who was brutally assaulted by a man right outside the apartment building they worked in, ABC News reports.
The surveillance footage from March 29 shows the two construction workers watching the attack through the building’s glass doors and windows. After the attacker attacked the woman, a doorman can be seen going to the building’s glass door to close it. Over a minute after the attack near Times Square, the bouncers stepped outside to approach the woman after the attacker left.
The victim has now been identified as 65-year-old Vilma Kari. Kari was on her way to church when she was attacked by 38-year-old Brandon Elliot, a parole officer who had been convicted of the murder of his mother nearly two decades ago. The apartment building’s management company, The Brodsky Organization, has suspended the two bouncers pending an investigation. However, after the investigation closed on Tuesday, the company confirmed that the two bouncers were fired.
“While the full lobby video shows that after the attacker left, the bouncers showed up to help the victim and stop an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that the necessary emergency and security protocols were not followed,” it said a statement from the company.
Meanwhile, the bouncers union, SEIU 32BJ, announced that workers plan to appeal their dismissals through a complaint process that could take months. “We believe we need to eradicate systemic racism in all its forms,” said Kyle Bragg, president of 32BJ SEIU, in a statement. “We believe that all union workers, especially paint workers who are often treated unfairly, have a right to a fair trial as set out in their contract.”
Elliot’s attack on Kari takes place amid a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country.