NYPD Hate Crimes Unit investigating video of passenger punching, choking Asian man on subway

Source: The Hill | March 29, 2021 | Morgan Gstalter

A division of the New York Police Department that handles hate crimes is investigating a now-viral video that shows a man relentlessly punching an Asian man on a subway car, apparently choking him until he became unconscious.

“We need the public’s help,” the agency tweeted on Monday. “The NYPD is aware of this video and is investigating.”

The minute-long TikTok video was uploaded by Twitter user @AsianDawn4 around 1:30 a.m. ET on Monday and was reportedly recorded on a Manhattan-bound J train at the Kosciuszko Street station in Bushwick.

Police have not confirmed details of the incident, according to local outlet PIX 11. The Hill has reached out to the NYPD for comment.

The clip begins by showing a physical scuffle between the two men already in progress, with the Asian man being punched more than 20 times. Bystanders can be heard shouting for the assailant to stop.

The man then wraps his arm around the other man’s neck in an apparent chokehold for nearly 15 seconds before pushing him back into a seat, where he slumps to the floor and appears unconscious.

The attacker then walks off the train at the station. The health condition of the other man is unclear.

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