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LOWER MANHATTAN — After an uptick in attacks against the Asian community — some where witnesses didn’t do anything to safely intervene or help victims — outreach and bystander safety intervention are taking center stage in trying to prevent further attacks.

New Yorkers are being encouraged to learn more about safe intervention and distraction.

On Friday, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called the recent attacks on Asian Americans in our area a crisis, due in part to the rhetoric from the last administration and mental illness.

Malalis is encouraging New Yorkers to be vigilant and get bystander intervention training, especially after seeing the surveillance video of a 65-year old woman being stomped on near Time Square, where witnesses did nothing to help.

“That was incredibly inconsistent with New York City and who we are,” she said.

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