NYC Hate Crime Suspect Was Convicted of Killing His Mother

Brandon Elliot was arrested in connection with an anti-Asian attack while on parole for killing his mother in 2002.

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CAT SANDOVAL: The NYPD has arrested 38-year-old, Brandon Elliot, for the brutal attack of a Filipino-American woman. Elliott was on parole after serving 17 years in prison for killing his mother in 2002. He is now charged with hate crime assault.

JO-ANN YOO: We continue to demand justice and mercy for our community, but how many times will you make us stand here and beg for help?

CAT SANDOVAL: On Monday, 65-year-old, Vilma Kari, was on her way to church when she was kicked and stomped on the head multiple times. Kari was reportedly released from the hospital with a fractured pelvis and head contusion. Two building staff members who witnessed the incident are now on administrative leave. One was seen on video closing the door and ignoring Kari.

BILL DE BLASIO: Look, I don't care who you are, I don't care what you do, you've got to help your fellow New Yorker.

CAT SANDOVAL: President Biden will reinstate and expand the White House Initiative on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, that includes establishing a COVID-19 Equity Task Force, and assigning the Justice Department to address anti-Asian violence and xenophobia. It comes as the community feels it's on the front lines, fighting multiple battles. More than 1/2 of nurses of color in the US who have died of COVID are Filipino, like Kari.

LOUELLA ROSE CABALONA: The double pandemic of COVID and hate. And unfortunately, the second one is human inflicted.

CAT SANDOVAL: The NYPD has increased patrols in New York City's Asian communities. For Newsy, I'm Cat Sandoval.