Police have arrested four men for allegedly attacking a gay black man in Brooklyn last December.
Four members of the Orthodox Jewish Community in Williamsburg stand accused of savagely beating Taj Patterson, 22, as he walked home from a party on Dec. 1. That's when a reported group of nearly 20 Hasidic men attacked him, screaming "Stay down, f*****, stay the f*** down."
The attack was stopped by MTA bus driver Evelyn 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,'" she told the New York Daily News last year.
Patterson was treated for a broken eye socket, torn retina, blood clotting and bruises at Woodhull Hospital. Citing possible motives for the attack, he said there were "a whole slew": "“I was alone. I was an easy target. I’m black. I’m gay, a whole slew of reasons," he said.
Two suspects who escaped to Israel will be arraigned today, and Gothamist notes that even more arrests are expected.
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