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Hate crime in Brooklyn! Surprising suspects!

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Williamsburg-Gang-Assault-Orthodox-Brooklyn-Broken-Eye-Socket-235165601.html


Brooklyn Gang Assault Leaves 22-Year-Old Man With Broken Eye Socket, Torn Retina
The victim was left with a broken eye socket and a torn retina
By Andrew Siff
Monday, Dec 9, 2013  • Updated 10:43 PM EST
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Taj Patterson
Police are investigating after an aspiring fashion design student was assaulted by a group of over a dozen men in Brooklyn, leaving him with a broken eye socket and a torn retina. 

The 22-year-old victim, Taj Patterson, says he was out with friends in Williamsburg in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 1 when a group of 15 to 20 men he describes as Hasidic Jews wearing religious garb approached him. 

"They came up behind me, they grabbed me, they punched me in the face, kicked me down, knocked me out," Patterson told NBC 4 New York. 

 

Patterson's mother, Zahra Patterson, said "it wasn't until someone stopped them -- the witnesses -- otherwise, my son would have been left for dead." 

Patterson was taken to the emergency room at Woodhull Hospital to be treated for his injuries. He's expected to undergo more surgery in two weeks to reattach the damaged retina. 

Patterson admits he had been drinking on a party bus with friends before the assault on Flushing Avenue in the heavily Orthodox section of Williamsburg, but has no idea why he was beat up.

"Maybe the way I dressed, I was on the block," he said. "I want these people to know they can't put their hands on anyone and get away with it, and think just because you have on certain attire you can get away with certain things. We're all equal here." 

The NYPD says the hate crimes unit is investigating. Patterson was drunk the night of the assault, and it took several days to piece together the facts, they say. 

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the Borough Park section of Brooklyn but is a vocal advocate for Hasidic Jews across the borough, said "something obviously happened" to Patterson, but the allegation was "bizarre."

It "sounds so out of character," Hikind said. 

Zahra Patterson said four witnesses have told police what happened, including the driver of a B57 bus who jumped in to stop the assault.

"It's shocking," said Zahra Patterson. "It saddened me to even know that this level of hate exists so close to home, that a group could be so angry about whatever."
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Well well well.

briellesmomma
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:13 AM
Bump
AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:22 AM
Those kids and their crazy knock out game
polkaspots
by on Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM
That neighborhood is fucking crazy. A lot of the people that live there act like they're in their own little country and they don't have to follow the laws. I live within walking distance of there and the shit that happens is ridiculous.
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briellesmomma
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:44 AM
I have only ever drove through there. Never really walked through or lived near there.

Quoting polkaspots: That neighborhood is fucking crazy. A lot of the people that live there act like they're in their own little country and they don't have to follow the laws. I live within walking distance of there and the shit that happens is ridiculous.
polkaspots
by on Dec. 10, 2013 at 1:58 AM
I don't go through there either. I never have to, but I wouldn't if there was another way. I don't feel comfortable going through that part of town. I've heard way too many horror stories of bad things happening to people who aren't part of the community. I have mostly Hispanic neighbors and they're not scary or intimidating.

Quoting briellesmomma: I have only ever drove through there. Never really walked through or lived near there.



Quoting polkaspots: That neighborhood is fucking crazy. A lot of the people that live there act like they're in their own little country and they don't have to follow the laws. I live within walking distance of there and the shit that happens is ridiculous.
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lucy164
by Member on Dec. 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I hate hate

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Dec. 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

 Disgusting.

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Dec. 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM
pamelax3
by Gold Member on Dec. 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

how sad

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