City Inspector Suspended Over Racist Slur In Official Letter To Asian Residents


The town’s Division of Housing Preservation and Improvement says it has suspended an inspector for allegedly utilizing a racist slur in his paperwork to explain Asian tenants in an Higher East Facet condo. The slur wound up in a letter despatched to tenant Khang Duong, following an inspection initiated earlier this month over his unit’s lack of warmth and sizzling water.

Duong mentioned the inspector by no means requested for his title or the names of two different tenants who had been current, and that their interplay with the inspector was regular. However Duong and his roommates subsequently obtained an official letter from the town addressed to a made-up title that’s generally used as a racial slur towards Asians.

Duong instructed CBS 2 that the letter left him “speechless. It feels surreal. We do not know what we did for this to occur. We handled [the inspector] with respect.”

In an announcement, a spokesperson for the NYC Division of Housing Preservation and Improvement mentioned, “The worker is suspended with out pay and we’re conducting a full investigation to find out additional disciplinary motion. We have reached out to the person affected to precise our profound apologies. Racism has no place in New York Metropolis. We stand with the AAPI group towards hate.”

Duong and his roommates mentioned that whereas they had been pleasantly shocked by the town’s fast response, they continue to be troubled that the letter made it out of a metropolis company with out anybody questioning it.

“Even when the blame lies with the inspector, it is a letter from the town, somebody has to print it out,” one in all Duong’s roommates, Duc Pham, instructed ABC 7. “Somebody has to fold it and mail it, so clearly there was no oversight there was no checking.”

“Utilizing an official type on an official letter makes it seem to be they do not actually care,” Duong instructed CBS 2. “I simply really feel like we’re not protected, as an Asian proper now.”

Metropolis Councilmember Brad Lander expressed outrage over the letter after Duong shared a photograph of the envelope on social media, and a spokesperson for Mayor Invoice de Blasio subsequently tweeted {that a} “full investigation has been launched.”

The incident comes amid a surge in anti-Asian violence in NYC and nationwide. The top of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Process Pressure instructed PIX 11 on Saturday that there have been 26 anti-Asian incidents reported to police to date this yr, together with 12 assaults. By this time in 2020 there had been eight formally reported anti-Asian incidents, although advocates say the actual quantity is probably going a lot increased as a consequence of underreporting.

On Saturday night time, the NYPD announced it had arrested a man suspected of bodily threatening a lady and shouting anti-Asian remarks at her on a sidewalk within the Garment District on Friday afternoon. The suspect, who police have recognized as 48-year-old Manhattan resident Bobby Eli, is charged with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime..