VIDEO: Subway rider sprays deodorizer at Asian man, NYPD investigates as possible hate crime

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March 06, 2020 - 6:44 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Disturbing video shows a subway rider spraying deodorizer on an Asian man in an altercation the NYPD is investigating as a possible hate crime, potentially related to fears over the coronavirus.

The 30-second clip, which has been viewed 1 million times on Twitter, starts with the rider arguing with other passengers about the man’s presence on an N train near Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn Wednesday morning.

“I don’t want him under me. Tell him to move,” the rider says. “Tell him to move.”

He then tells the man directly to “move.”

“I asked nicely. I don't want to fight you. You're going to move,” the rider appears to say as he sprays fabric deodorizer, apparently Febreze, at the man, who doesn’t budge.

At a crime briefing Thursday, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said that when officers arrived the train was no longer at the station and they were unable to take a report.

“We are investigating it right now. Our Hate Crimes Task Force is reviewing the incident and it’s an ongoing investigation,” Harrison said.

The video has led to outrage on social media. With the poster of the video, Celia Au, writing: “There's not a single confirmed case of an Asian infected in NYC. Stop discriminating cause the virus definitely doesn't.”

There are 22 cases of coronavirus confirmed in New York state so far, most of them in Westchester. Two New York City patients are critically ill and hospitalized.

There are two more suspected cases in New Jersey.