SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — Viral video that’s been viewed more than 1.2 million times shows a man demand a commuter move on the train and then spray the commuter with Febreze.
They were on the N train Wednesday morning and the sprayer repeatedly told the Asian victim to move, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said. The Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
The incident happened as the global health community deals with an outbreak of coronavirus that’s had China as the epicenter. The MTA responded to the video with a list of what works to stop the spread of coronavirus: washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and staying home if your sick.
“What doesn’t work: Racism,” the MTA tweeted.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said there’s been discrimination toward Asian communities.
“I want to emphasize to all New Yorkers it is absolutely unacceptable to discriminate against Asian individuals and Asian communities in the midst of this crisis, he said. “And by the way in case you haven’t been paying attention, this crisis has now extended all over the world and we are unfortunately experiencing community transmission. We’re experiencing cases outside of the Asian community. So, not only is discrimination immoral, its inaccurate.”
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