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Possible Hate Crime Hoax in NY Daily News?

Victim makes suspicious claim of being beaten by gang of Hasidic Jews.

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David Steinberg

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December 10, 2013 - 11:53 am

This morning, the New York Daily News published a story titled: “Black fashion student says Hasidic men attacked him, shouted anti-gay slurs in Williamsburg”. The story’s subhead reads:

“’He told me to ‘stay down, f—-t, stay the f— down.’ ‘ — Taj Patterson, a New York City College of Technology student, says more that [sic] a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men brutalized him on Flushing Ave.”

The authors of the piece do not directly question the validity of the claim, but they do include details which they must have expected would generate skepticism among the readership. The open questions should have been enough to prevent a responsible editor from publishing the article. Most notably:

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

Further, the attack occurred on December 1 at 4:30 a.m. — nine days ago. And December 1 was a Sunday, necessitating that a gang of Hasidic Jews would have been out gay-bashing in the dead of night just hours after observing the Sabbath.

The story was also covered today in a video segment by NBC News with an accompanying article that was more careful about mentioning the alleged Hasids: “Brooklyn Gang Assault Leaves 22-Year-Old Man With Broken Eye Socket, Torn Retina”. This NBC article also includes a quote from New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an advocate for the Hasidic community, who is not convinced:

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.

And then there’s this:

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.

Further, the victim’s mother, Zahra Patterson, claims four witnesses have come forward. However, the NYDN article only mentions one witness, MTA bus driver Evelyn Keys. And, strangely, Keys’ statement to the NYDN has her mentioning the victim by his first name, implying she had some degree of familiarity with him prior to giving the quote. The article does not say when she gave this quote:

Evelyn Keys, an MTA bus driver, was rounding the corner of Flushing Ave. and Spencer St. when she saw the horrific attack unfold before her eyes.

“I get out of the bus and all these men were standing up straight around him,” says Keys. “Taj is laying down on his back. I went up to him and he was in so much pain. He says, ‘I can’t see … I can’t breathe.’

I have been unable to locate evidence of a similar incident, ever, involving a gang of violent Hasidic men committing an unprovoked nighttime beating in Williamsburg. This would be the first such incident.

Assemblyman Hikind’s statement should carry significant weight: he is the single most active spokesman for the New York Hasidic community. It is not a tremendously large population, and I would be shocked to find he was not aware of a sizable group of violent criminals existing within it.

Checking the background of the article’s authors uncovers another interesting fact: the NYDN article gives the byline to three authors; the first two named are Columbia J-School students with zero prior bylines for the paper.

Considering the reticence the Daily News has had in reporting the race of attackers and victims in recent “knockout” incidents, why were they so quick to risk potential embarrassment by running this victim’s unsubstantiated story?

David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.

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Has he opened a donations page, yet?
1 year ago
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"...why were they so quick to risk potential embarrassment by running this victim’s unsubstantiated story?"

Because there is no Jewish counterpart for Al Sharpton.
1 year ago
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Is there another group of white males who could be easily identified by ethnicity

Amish?

This story is so fishy. But, if you want to keep up the meme that Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox Jews are terrorists...and "balance behaviors" with sucker punching blacks...well, here's a put up your Duke and start a Brawley one for you.

Roving gangs of Hasidic Jewish guys beating down Gay Black men, under the new Marcus of Queens buried rules.

Yeah, that's the ticket.
1 year ago
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We see hoax after hoax after hoax, and multiple unsubstantiated claims of a "hate climate" from one group after another. It's like the Satanic child-sex ring phenomenon of a few years ago: Almost totally bogus. Whether gays, blacks, Hispanics, or Muslims -- or for that matter, women being "suppressed," it is one gigantic lie. And it is this Huge Lie that helped get the worst President ever elected -- twice.
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This update explains why police/news believed the story. To those familiar with the neighborhood this is not that unlikely.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/hasidic-gay-bashers-watchmen-jackets-nypd-chief-article-1.1544066
1 year ago
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Yes, but what's worse is that after beating up Patterson, the Hasidim burned down the Reichstag
1 year ago
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I'd go with this explanation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tq89_rAu_s

Cheers
1 year ago
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That a mob of Hasidic Jews beat up a drunk wondering their neighborhood is very possible. In Williamsburg the Hasidic Jews do their own volunteer "security". 24/7 in groups of two they patrol the streets in private vehicles that are the same make/model as unmarked police cars carrying handheld radios. They have been know to stop lone males of black/hispanic descent in the area and attempt to search them pretending to be police. If they encounter resistance they call for help over the radio and within minutes you are surrounded by at least 50 Hasidic Jews. When the police intervene in one of their assaults they attack them. Arrests are rare since most victims only remember that everyone is dressed identically with matching facial hair. The Hasidic also have political clout and can not be arrested with out Police up to the rank of Chief giving the official OK. This story could easily be partially true. Nothing to do with a knock-out game, just routine harassment by the Hasidic patrol letting him know he is not welcome. I do not know when the "patrols" started, but this has been going on for at least thirty years.
I will note that to my knowledge this is unique to this particular sect/group of Hasidic. An even larger neighborhood of Hasidic Jews in Borough Park do not have the same history with these patrols.
1 year ago
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I have another likely take on your out of control neighborhood watchers story. It is far more likely these guys have been very effective at protecting their hasidic neighborhood from violent black gang bangers. This story is now being fabricated to try and remove that protection, so it can be open season again on Hasidics.
1 year ago
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That particular neighborhood has never been known for violent black gang bangers. It was predominately Hasidic and Hispanic with a recent large influx of hipsters. I have no doubt they assaulted this man but do doubt the bit about gay slurs. The Hasidic are actually the ones notorious for filing false police reports in that area. They do this to justify having a police officer assigned 24/7 to every sukkot in the neighborhood.
1 year ago
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This was over on Flushing Ave. a couple of blocks from the Marcy projects. Probably the same stretch where the cyclist incident happened earlier this year.
1 year ago
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Jews are like the canary in the coal mine. In modern times, when a society starts scapegoating them it means a kind of collective mental illness has set in that bodes badly for the future of that society.
1 year ago
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The gist is that this is 'knockout' - happens to blacks too. My understanding is that 'knockout' is merely nihilists roaming the streets to slug somebody, video it and run (back to post on youtube). Even if taken at face value, this seems like the old-fashioned goons.
1 year ago
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The moment I read this story I could see it stunk to high heaven.
1 year ago
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WHAT DOESN'T PASS THE SMELL TEST:
That the Hasidic ringleader spoke in English.
1 year ago
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Rather, that he spoke in the same ghetto vulgarisms as the victim.
1 year ago
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The thing that strikes me is that when blacks beat the crap out of whites, the media can't be troubled to report the race of the perps. But when it's alleged that the attackers are white, suddenly we not only know the race, but the religion, and specific sect of the malfeasors. I wonder why that is??

I'll bet dollars to donuts that this is another Twana Brawley fairy tale.
1 year ago
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Maybe the gay victim saw through their tight trousers that the attackers had been circumcised?
1 year ago
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Gridley, you hit the nail on the head. The Brawley case started Sharpton on a career built upon lies and hate.
1 year ago
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this is so weird. I just saw a story where an armed gang of thugs from India held up some convenience stores. one witness reported 'they were just so darned polite'. during the robberies they reportedly threatened everybody with some advanced Yoga poses.

this guy's accent sounds like he's from that island that tipped over from all the military people stationed there. src/

1 year ago
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"...during the robberies they reportedly threatened everybody with some advanced Yoga poses."

Too funny.
1 year ago
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Exactly how did these hasidic jews know he was gay? Do they know him? Was he wearing a T-shirt that declared it? Inquiring minds want to know.
1 year ago
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My question, too. Unless he tried to hit on one of them, which seems preposterous.
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