Four black teenagers are the subject of ethnic intimidation charges having been identified after an attack that was caught on camera, on a group of Asian students riding a Philadelphia train earlier this week.
Four students including three men and a female student were traveling on the train on Wednesday from North Philadelphia when the attack by four black girls ranging in ages from 13-16, occurred.
Thomas Nestel, police chief for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) said the attack as unprovoked and had been based the group’s ethnicity noting that ‘ethnic slurs were used by the attackers.’
Police said ‘ethnic slurs were repeated and directed at them and mocking them for their heritage… it was clear they were picked on because they were Asian,’ Nestel explained.
The Mayor of Philadelphia said the city would not tolerate such acts of hate and that he was appalled after hearing learning about the incident
Shocking video captured the group black teenage girls brutally threw punches and screamed profanities at the Asian students.
Nestel revealed how the mother of one of the teen suspects recognized her own daughter from the video and informed the police.
Each member of the group, who were not identified, has been charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and a recklessly endangering another person, according to Krasner, the district attorney.
One of the suspects was also charged with robbery for attempted theft of a victim’s air pods, the prosecutor said.
The Mayor of Philadelphia said the city would not tolerate such acts of hate and that he was appalled after hearing learning about the incident.
‘Those involved in the assault have been identified and will be held accountable. I want our residents to know that we will not tolerate any acts of hate,’ Kenney tweeted.
A group of black students attacked a group of Asian students on a Philadelphia SEPTA train on Wednesday. The girls ranging in ages 13-16 have now been identified and charged
A girl in a different black jacket screamed at the group too, yelling: ‘Don’t try that s**t again’
It is unclear what sparked the feud, but video footage shows a girl in an all-pink outfit and a black ski mask screaming profanities at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.
The video opens with the girl in pink screaming at a group of Asian boys while another in a black quarter-zip jacket punches one who is wearing a red jacket.
The girl in pink appears to say, ‘You want to doubt my people,’ before firing off a string of profanities.
‘You want to come on, b***ch? You want to try me, b***ch, f**king try me, I’ll f**king beat ya,’ she continued screaming as she stood over the the group of sitting boys.
A group of three girls stomped on an Asian girl after the girl wearing pink backed her against the train doors and she fell to the ground
The Asian girl (in yellow) screamed as the group of girls stomped on her
She also yelled at a female Asian student standing near the boys.
Another girl, dressed in a black sweater that reads ‘confidence collection thurl’ across the chest, pointed her finger and screamed at the boys: ‘Don’t try that s**t again. Don’t try that s**t again.’
It is unclear what the other students did to anger the girls.
An older girl, dressed in black with a black bandana over her hair, stepped in and pointed at the boy sitting close to the window next to the one in red and said: ‘It was really him, it was really him.’
The group of Asian boys sat by the window as the black girls screamed at them
The Asian girl, who did not speak during the attack, got slapped in the face and had her mask ripped off by one of the other girls
She then proceeded to turn around and slap the mask off the Asian girl, screaming at her: ‘Get the f**k out of here, And bitch, stop f**king [indiscernible].’
The Asian girl appears to be upset, but doesn’t say anything as she adjusts her mask back over her nose.
The girl in pink then corners her, backing her up until her back’s against the door, yelling: ‘What? What? What?’ as she pushes the Asian girl.
She appears to slam the palm of her hand into the girl’s head several times before the girl falls to the ground.
She bends down and continues to hit her before more girls come over and begin to stomp on her back as she screams.
The girl in pink takes off one of her slipper-like shoes and slams it into the girl’s head while calling her a b***ch.
Someone in the background can be heard screaming ‘yo, yo, yo.’
The video ends as the girl in pink straightens up to look at the male yelling at them to stop.
A SEPTA spokesperson called the incident ‘violent and disturbing,’ but reported no major injuries.
The Philadelphia School Administration said they ‘did have additional Student Support staff on hand at Central High School to support any students who be experiencing anxiety over what happened.’
A Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh is calling on SEPTA and the Philadelphia School District to increase safety measures.
‘There has to be a response by the police, by SEPTA school safety officers, formerly known as school police, and by SEPTA itself. It has a police force and we need to see them,’ he said.
The girl in all pink led the attack and at one point had taken off her shoe to beat the Asian girl in the head with it
Police say they have identified the girls involved in the attack on a group of Asian students
Last month, a woman was attacked by an illegal immigrant and raped on a SEPTA train, while other passengers didn’t intervene.
Fiston Ngoy, a 35-year-old from the Congo who has been living illegally in the U.S. since 2015, was arrested and charged in the rape.
He was seen on surveillance camera footage onboard a SEPTA train near the suburb of Upper Darby.
Police say that as many as 10 bystanders were on the train did nothing but did not help as Ngoy sexually assaulted the stranger shortly after 9.15pm.
The attack continued until 9.52pm, when an off-duty transit worker eventually called 911.
Hate crimes continue to rise around the nation, with an over 300 per cent increase across the US, the New York Daily News reported.
New York City has seen a 96 per cent in hate crimes across the city, with almost three times as many hate crimes against Asians documented compared to the same time as last year.
The unidentified 30-year-old man reported to police that his attackers – three men and two women – asked him: ‘What are you doing here, Asian?’ before unleashing their fury as hate crimes in New York and around the country spiral out of control.
The attack on Fifth Avenue near 31st Street in the city’s Koreatown neighborhood occurred at around 10.30pm on Oct. 23, police said.
He was beaten with wooden sticks and their fists and left him with a head injury.
Three of the five allegedly said anti-Asian remarks to him and are being sought by the NYPD.
The man was repeatedly punched and bashed with sticks by the five attackers, suffering a head injury.
The Big Apple has reported 474 hate crimes as of November 7 – a 96 percent increase from last year during the same time frame when there were 242 such attacks.
Out of the 474 hate crimes this year, 127 attacks were against Asians – a nearly five-fold increase from the 28 attacks against Asians in 2020.