PD calls out YouTube for removing video of hate crime attack

By Suzie Ziegler

YONKERS, NY – The Yonkers Police Department in New York has suggested that YouTube wrongly removed a video the department shared on its YouTube channel. The video showed surveillance footage of a hate crime suspect beating an asian woman. On Monday, Yonkers PD said in a Facebook post that the video had been taken down for content violation.

“We have carefully reviewed your content and have confirmed that it violates our Violent or Graphic Content Policy,” YouTube administrators wrote in a missive to the Yonkers PD. The message went on to say that the content would not be put back on YouTube.

Yonkers PD objected to the removal of the video, writing on Facebook: “Dear YouTube, safety does not come from censoring content and information; it is the product of a free society that adheres to rule of law.”

However, the video can still be viewed on the agency’s website. Youtube channel, but behind an age restriction wall. The March 11 video shows a woman trying to enter her apartment building when a man enters the hallway and begins beating her. After two minutes of punching, the man leaves.

Police said they were investigating the incident as a hate crime. The woman, 67, was of Asian descent and the man made derogatory references to her race before the attack, police said. The suspect has been charged with one count of attempted murder as a hate crime and one count of assault. The woman is listed as stable after suffering multiple bruises, broken facial bones and lacerations, police said.

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By YouTube Content Guidelines, “violent or gory content intended to shock or disgust viewers, or content encouraging others to commit violent acts, is not permitted.” The policy further describes its prohibition of violent content to include:

  • Fights involving minors.

  • Images, audio or images involving traffic accidents, natural disasters, aftermath of war, aftermath of terrorist attacks, street fights, physical attacks, self-immolations, torture, dead bodies, demonstrations or riots, robberies, medical procedures or other similar scenarios with the intention of shocking or disgusting onlookers.

  • Footage or images showing bodily fluids, such as blood or vomit, intended to shock or disgust viewers.

  • Images of corpses with massive injuries, such as severed limbs.

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