Two New York City apartment doormen are out of a job after they failed to step in and protect an elderly Asian-American from a vicious March attack, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
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The building’s management company, the Brodsky Organization, said that it fired the two employees who stood by and watched the attack, which took place on March 29.
Surveillance video captured the moment a suspect, later identified as Brandon Eliot — a 38-year-old lifetime parolee — repeatedly shoved, kicked, and stomped 65-year-old Vilma Kari.
The two unnamed employees reportedly watched as the attack unfolded, and one of them even went as far as to close the building’s front door as the elderly woman lay on the ground after the attack ended and the suspect made off on foot.
The company initially suspended the two pending an investigation into their role as bystanders in the attack.
In a statement, the company said, “While the fully lobby video shows that once the assailant had departed, the doormen emerged to assist the victim and flag down an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that required emergency and safety protocols were not followed.”
The company also vowed to train its employees in emergency response protocols, anti-bias awareness, and bystander intervention, Bloomberg added.
A spokesperson for the doorman’s union said that the two unidentified doormen are “challenging their terminations” under a grievance process.
“We believe we must root out systemic racism in all its forms,” 32BJ SEIU president Kyle Bragg said in a statement to the outlet. “We believe that all union workers, especially workers of color who are often the subject of unfair treatment on the job, have a right to a fair process as outlined in their contract.”
According to Bloomberg, the union previously said that both doormen waited until the attacker was gone to intervene because they reportedly believed the suspect had a knife.
Authorities arrested Elliot — who was convicted of killing his own mother almost 20 years ago — and charged him with felony assault and attempted assault as hate crimes. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 21.
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