NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the brutal beating of an Asian man on the subway.
The Hate Crimes Unit shared the video on Twitter.READ MORE: Asian Woman On Her Way To Church Brutally Attacked In Hell's Kitchen; Suspect Reportedly Told Her, 'You Don't Belong Here'
“We need the public’s help,” it wrote. “The NYPD is aware of this video and is investigating.”
According to the video’s description, the incident took place on a Manhattan-bound J train at the Kosciuszko Street station. When exactly it took place was not immediately clear.
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We need the public's help. The NYPD is aware of this video and is investigating. Anyone that has information regarding this incident is urged to call or DM @NYPDTips 1-800-577-TIPS and provide additional details including the date and time of occurrence. @NYPDTransit @NYPDnews https://t.co/fJmZC1QJac
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021
The video begins with fists flying between two men aboard the subway. Several passengers can be seen aboard the train watching as the fight intensifies. In short order, the Asian man is pinned against a subway bench, and the attacker keeps throwing punches. Finally, the attacker puts the Asian man in a chokehold. At that time, passengers can be heard calling for the attacker to stop. The Asian man passes out, and the attacker bashes his head against the subway seat before getting off the subway.
New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg called the video “absolutely horrifying and gut wrenching.”
“We have offered our assistance to the NYPD and we will do anything we can to assist them with their investigation,” Feinberg said in a statement. “Racist, criminal behavior targeting Asian Americans is horrifying, and it must stop.”Rally Against Anti-Asian Attacks Held In Bensonhurst
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.