Family Of Hate Crime Victim Demands NYPD To Release Footage Of Stabbing
"The fact that the video isn't out right now, this is completely insane."
The family of the woman stabbed in a reported hate crime attack is calling for authorities to release footage of the harrowing incident.
NBC New York reports Ann Marie Washington was stabbed by an unidentified white man Friday (Nov. 9) and while heading home from work on the subway. As the 57-year-old left the Church Ave. station, a man punched and stabbed her in the chest while calling her a "black bi**h." Washington, who was with her daughter at the time of the attack, is a native of Trinidad.
A sketch has been drawn up to reflect witness' recollections of the man who was described a "clean-cut" white man in his 30s. With the sketch released to the public, Washington's family hopes NYPD will release surveillance footage captured by the subway station in an effort to find the suspect. They also claimed many people were filming the suspect getting away.
"The fact that the video isn't out right now, this is completely insane," Bernard Nau told the site. "This is going to keep happening." Washington is currently being hospitalized for a collapsed lung she sustained in the stabbing. Her daughter told reporters her mother wasn't aware she was stabbed the next day.
It took a few days for the NYPD's Hate Crimes Taskforce to get involved as the authorities have now called the stabbing a hate crime.
"If this was a white resident, a new gentrifier to this neighborhood, there would be swarms of cops here," Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush said. "But when it is a black person who is attacked by a white racist, there isn't anything."
The family has released a video asking for help. Watch below.