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Five Hasidic Men Arrested for Beating of Gay Black Man in Brooklyn

In December we reported on the beating of Taj Patterson, who told police he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic men on the way home from a night out partying in Brooklyn. The case was originally investigated as a bias attack.

PattersonToday, five Hasidic men were arrested, the NY Daily News reports:

Aharon Hollender, 28, Abraham Winkler, 39, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Pinchas Braver, 19, and Joseph Fried, 25, were charged with gang assault and other counts, but not with any hate crimes, authorities said Wednesday.

“We simply cannot allow anyone walking on the streets of Brooklyn to be knocked to the ground, stomped and brutally beaten,” said Brooklyn district attorney Kenneth Thompson.

The group, at least two of whom belonged to a volunteer patrol called Shomrim, were looking for someone who vandalized cars in the area and stopped Patterson, prosecutors said.

Even though the vandalism report was unfounded, they allegedly started pummeling the victim, authorities said.

The men reportedly yelled "Stay down, faggot" as they beat the victim. Patterson suffered a broken eye socket, a torn retina, and cuts and bruises.

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  1. Five Hassidic men do the beating? No, no that's all wrong, Five Hassidick men are supposed to get the beating. We can't have the world all topsy-turvy. I am sorry for Mr. Patterson.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 23, 2014 7:19:32 PM

  2. Man bites dog.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Apr 23, 2014 7:31:16 PM

  3. How is this not a hate crime?? First they profiled him as a criminal because he was black, and then they beat the sh*t out of him because he was gay!

    Posted by: JMC | Apr 23, 2014 7:31:43 PM

  4. all fundi religious are cruel nuts

    xtian, jew, muslim, hindu, whatever

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 23, 2014 7:48:40 PM

  5. This should be a hae crime!

    Posted by: nn | Apr 23, 2014 8:01:13 PM

  6. My sympathies to Mr. Patterson. I hope that heals quickly.


    As always, you're a vile racist.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 23, 2014 8:07:27 PM

  7. Extremism is extremism. Religion is the purview of the primitive.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 23, 2014 8:13:45 PM

  8. Once again I will say what I always say. Religion is the problem, not the solution.

    Posted by: Robert M. | Apr 23, 2014 9:18:44 PM

  9. @JMC : if they are not charging them with a hate crime, it could be for insufficient evidence (no witnesses heard the slurs although the victim did) or the hate crime charges are possibly being kept in reserve as a club to encourage a plea bargain with terms favorable to the prosecution.

    It sure sounds like a hate crime to me, regardless.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 23, 2014 9:22:40 PM

  10. Blacks vs. Jews is like a win-win for society.

    Posted by: Derrick From Philly | Apr 23, 2014 9:59:08 PM

  11. So it was a racial attack with a side of homophobia, but somehow that doesn't equal a hate crime because...

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Apr 23, 2014 9:59:41 PM

  12. But despite many eyewitnesses, including a city bus driver and his passengers, and photographs taken of the assailants and the attack, the NYPD had not made arrests.

    When contacted the NYPD last month and asked about the investigation into the case, officers did not even know the beating had taken place – despite widespread media coverage in December and January.

    A reliable source told last week that a grand jury had been impaneled approximately two weeks ago and had heard testimony about the beating.

    Sources have also told that the previous police commissioner, Ray Kelly, whose term ended at the end of December, had refused to act against the hasidic assailants or pursue the case despite the clear evidence against them. Kelly wants to run for higher office and, sources say, expects the support of the Satmar hasidic community when he does."

    Posted by: david | Apr 23, 2014 10:05:17 PM

  13. Let's just say it: the self-proclaimed Chosen can be pricks, bastards, homophobes. and racists. They rest comfortably in the assurance of their righteousness as defined in the most barbaric parts of the Jewish Bible. They are trash.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Apr 23, 2014 10:38:30 PM

  14. What is the matter with hasidic Jews these days? First they demand the right to suck baby penises after circumcision (giving them STDs in the process), and now they're commiting anti-gay hate crimes? What's next, stoning a woman to death for showing her ankles? Get it together Jews, you're better than this.

    Posted by: John | Apr 23, 2014 10:43:06 PM

  15. "First they profiled him as a criminal because he was black, and then they beat the sh*t out of him because he was gay!"

    Bingo! You got it exactly right.

    Posted by: elg | Apr 23, 2014 11:11:16 PM

  16. I was cruised by a hasidic man when I was 15 on ave b and 6th street in nyc once.

    f8ck these scumbags

    Posted by: ff | Apr 23, 2014 11:54:28 PM

  17. This is definitely a hate crime. I'm tempted to call it a double hate crime - profiling him as a criminal because he's black (though it appears quite a few commentators here don't see that as a hate crime, sad) and then beating him up because they believe him to be gay.

    Also, this was a gang of FIVE people. Thinking about that, then also taking a look at his eye in that picture, it just makes me sick. This definitely needs more reporting (interesting it hasn't been covered by much of the gay press when other hate crimes usually get extensive coverage) and these guys should get jail time.

    Posted by: GJP | Apr 24, 2014 12:08:06 AM

  18. How is this not a hate crime? If 5 black men beat a hasidic man and yelled "Stay down, person that controls the world's wealth and power!" it would be a hate crime.

    Posted by: brian | Apr 24, 2014 1:23:09 AM

  19. John, Hasidics aren't representative of Jews in general, although they have their counterparts in Israel as well. In both cases they are a scourge and a cancer on society with a lot of political power. They are a modern manifestation of ancient Middle Eastern ways that deserved to be dead and buried centuries ago, just like the Islamists. (Not meaning individuals, but the cultures.)

    Posted by: emjayay | Apr 24, 2014 2:08:43 AM

  20. Derrick From Philly, I am going to assume you're using badly formed snark, or else watch out for a hate crime directed against you in the near future.

    This is a hate crime.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Apr 24, 2014 3:03:32 AM

  21. Enchantra you're one sick f@g may you and your mother die horribly. You evil b@stard and NO I am not apologizing.

    Posted by: CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Apr 24, 2014 5:39:13 AM

  22. Are the Hassidim those religious freaks who refuse to wash?

    These 5 sounds like evil pigs.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 24, 2014 6:08:24 AM

  23. Nazis in peyes...who'd'a thunk it?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Apr 24, 2014 6:21:50 AM

  24. @ FF: I've seen them hassidim in the Bijou and, in years past, cruising by the piers at Christopher Street. The are to be pitied for being trapped in tragic lives as many of our own were in small towns in times past.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Apr 24, 2014 6:34:03 AM

  25. LOL @ "Blacks vs. Jews is like a win-win for society.

    Posted by: Derrick From Philly | Apr 23, 2014 9:59:08 PM"

    Rick, you are a 56 year old punk. Post your anti-Black/anti-Jewish comments with your own posting name.

    @ SoLeftImRight

    You're new to the blog. I would never post anything so nasty (not usually). We have this White supremacist named Rick (and he usees many other posting names)--he posted that comment.

    I don't even know what the it means.

    Rick has a habit of posting nasty comments under other Towleroad "regulars" names. Kinda' cowardly, aint it?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 24, 2014 9:18:46 AM

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