New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang rushed to help a news photographer being attacked on the Staten Island Ferry on Friday.
"I got up and tried to intervene as quickly as I could," Yang said. "I'm thrilled that when [the assailant] turned, he saw me and recognized me and the situation de-escalated quickly. I think most people would have had the same impulse I had."
Getty photojournalist Spencer Platt said he was part of a small media team accompanying Yang on a Staten Island tour on Friday. Platt was on the top outdoor deck of the ferry at 11:15 a.m. when he was approached by the attacker.
"I just said, ‘What's up?' He Immediately shoves me, I kind of tumble down," Platt said. "I get back up, and he raises a steel bar — a broomstick handle — over his head. … He looks like he's ready to strike me."
"I definitely appreciate [Yang's] services and being there. You just don't think that the Staten Island Ferry at 11:15 a.m. is the place where you're going to get hit with a pole."