Student Beaten in Alleged Hate Crime by Gang of Hasidic Men: VIDEO

PattersonA fashion student claims he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic men on December 1 on the way home from a night out partying, the NY Daily News reports:

Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”

“I’m walking down some block by myself and then the next thing I know, I’m surrounded by a group of Hasidic Jewish men and they’re attacking me,” Patterson said. “I was alone. I was an easy target. I’m black. I’m gay, a whole slew of reasons.”

Patterson was “highly intoxicated, uncooperative and incoherent,” after the assault, according to a police complaint — but he remembers the ringleader.

A bus driver said she witnessed the attack. Patterson suffered a broken eye socket, a torn retina, and cuts and bruises.

An NBC News report says the hate crime unit of the NYPD is investigating the attack but makes no mention that Patterson is gay or the anti-gay slurs.


Posted December 10, 2013 at 11:57am ETC by Andy Towle
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