Brooklyn Community Holds Rally Against Anti-Asian Attacks

As violent incidents against Asian Americans continue, so do the rallies and protests to support the community. CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

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- A Brooklyn community comes together to fight the rise in anti-Asian attacks. And now Governor Cuomo says he's directing the state police to have a crime task force investigate a recent attack that happened on a subway train. CBS 2's Natalie Duddridge reports from Bensonhurst.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is looking into this video circulating on the internet showing a man getting beat up and choked. This Twitter post says it was taken on the J train at the Kosciusko Street station in Brooklyn. In another incident on the Upper East Side, surveillance video shows a suspect police are looking for. They say he hit a 37-year-old woman on the head at the Lexington Avenue-51st Street Station over the weekend.

- This is disgusting, and it shouldn't be happening.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Fiona Lam's 16-year-old daughter was assaulted while she was walking home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn on 68th Street. She said she accidentally brushed hands with a stranger, then he pushed her.

AI YING CHEN: He spat on me. And when I turned away, there was a bunch of-- there was a bunch of words said, neither, none of them kind. I felt targeted because I'm Asian-American, because I'm small.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: A bystander called police, but the suspect got away. Officials say this was the second attack in a week on an Asian-American in the Bensonhurst neighborhood.

- I feel like my daughter was traumatized.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The Chens say in their culture, it's not common to speak out. But they're overcoming that by sharing their story at an anti-hate rally.

- Terrifying.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Elected officials are also teaching bystanders how to respond if they witness an assault.

ANDREW GOUNARDES: We are in the process right now of trying to schedule some bystander intervention trainings.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Officials say if it's physical, never go after the perpetrator. Instead, call 911. If it's verbal, try to de-escalate the situation. In Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Natalie Duddridge, CBS 2 News.