Rough justice: New Yorkers are filmed battering man on NYC subway platform after ‘he tried to sexually assault a girl on a train’
A disturbing video shows a group of men restrain and punch an Asian man in a New York City subway station, as it’s claimed the victim was targeted for being a pervert.
The clip, shared online over the weekend, shows one man restraining the man at Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan, while two others take turns to rain blows down on him.
It has been presented as a racist attack by some advocacy groups online, but others have claimed the punching was an act of vigilante ‘justice.’
They say the victim had tried to molest a girl on train shortly before the beating began, according to the New York Post.
One of the men could be heard saying: ‘You touching girls, you touching girls — little sisters and all that, moms and everything. You filthy, son.’
Another was heard to remark that he had a daughter, and that he’d pay his own bail if he was arrested. It remains unclear if any of the allegations made against the victim of the beating are true.
The NYPD’s Asian Hate Crimes Task Force shared the video online, calling on witnesses to identify the Asian man whilst the NYPD Transit said it was gathering more information about the incident.
Some users on Twitter claimed the group of men were carrying out vigilante justice against the Asian man after he had allegedly tried to rape a girl on the train.
Police in New York City are investigating a video circulating on social media showing three people holding down and brutally beating an Asian man inside a lower Manhattan subway station
The video, which was filmed at Fulton Street station, shows one man restraining the Asian man next to a metal pillar whilst another two take it in turns to punch him in the head
A second man punches him at least six times in the head – all whilst the Asian man is restrained – before the group of men cheer the beating
In a full-length video of the incident posted on social media, a person can be heard shouting at the man: ‘You touching girls, you touching girls – little sisters and all that, moms and everything. You filthy, son.’
One of the men who slapped the Asian man could be heard saying he has a daughter.
‘I got a daughter,’ he could be heard saying before slapping the man. ‘If the cops lock me up, I’m paying my own bail.’
Footage shows one of the men before he hits the Asian man at the NYC subway station
The man can be seen slapping the man so hard in the face that his head knocks against the pillar, causing the man’s body to go limp
The NYPD’s Asian Hate Crimes Task Force shared the video online, calling on witnesses to identify the Asian man whilst the NYPD Transit said it was gathering more information about the incident
One Twitter user, who said they had filmed the footage, replied to NYPD Transit writing: ‘I am commenting on this thread because I was there and witnessed it.’
They claimed: ‘The Asian man attempted to rape a young girl on the train and was stopped by the man holding him.’
The user added: ‘I’m really afraid these guys are gonna get in trouble. They were good citizens stopping this man. I watch stories all day from NYC of people getting attacked and no one doing anything because they’re afraid this will happen.’