A New York
state lawmaker shared video footage of an Asian woman being punched in the face and knocked to the sidewalk while walking past a restaurant in Manhattan
The video was sent to Yuh-Line Niou, the state assembly member who represents the Chinatown district, by a constituent.
Several bystanders can be seen assisting the woman after the attack
, as she sits stunned on the ground against a pole. Niou said the victim was "conscious, cognizant, and alert," and she was hospitalized in stable condition at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.
Alexander Wright, 48, was arrested nearby and charged with assault
as a hate crime, assault, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, and he was transported to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.
spokesperson told Stardia that the attack occurred just before 6:20 p.m. Monday on Bayard Street.
According to the NYPD, “a 55-year-old female was approached by a male who punched her, causing her to fall to the ground, and the incident was unprovoked.”
Warning: This video depicts a heinous assault.
This was just sent to me by a constituent; it occurred in my district in Chinatown; he was arrested, and our precinct is investigating. pic.twitter.com/sxNfCbrlza — Yuh-Line Niou (@yuhline) May 31, 2021
The attack comes amid a wave of hate incidents reported by Asian people
across the country, particularly in New York and California
, which have significant Asian American populations. The pandemic
, as well as anti-Asian
rhetoric about its origins, has resulted in an increase in racially targeted violence against Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders over the past year.
According to one study published in March, hate crimes
against Asian Americans increased by 150% in major cities last year. Stop AAPI
Hate, a coalition of Asian American advocacy groups, also recorded a steep increase in anti-Asian harassment and attacks around the same time, which the group attributed to increased national attention on anti-Asian hate, awareness of reporting resources, and the opening up of the judicial system.
Stop AAPI Hate, Brigham and Women
's Hospital, and the Asian American Psychological Association released a joint report last week that included findings from research
projects that found Asian Americans who have experienced racism
are more stressed by anti-Asian hatred than by the pandemic itself, and have heightened symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.