A Brooklyn, New York man demands full justice, more than three years after a brutal attack that left him blind in one eye.

Taj Patterson’s lawyer accuses the prosecutor of failing to indict one of the attackers because his family has political ties, the New York Daily News reports.

In December 2013, at least a dozen Hasidic Jewish men attacked Patterson, who’s a gay African-American man, while he was walking through their neighborhood at about 4:30 a.m.

Prosecutors charged five men for the assault. Charges against two of them, however, were dismissed because witnesses later said they misidentified them. Two others pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful imprisonment. The fifth man, Mayer Herskovic, was found guilty in September 2016 and faces up to 15 years for his involvement in the beating.

Patterson’s lawyer, Andrew Stoll, told the Daily News that the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has failed to indict Yoelli “Joel” Itzkowitz, another man involved in the attack, because Itzkowitz’s brother is politically-connected.

“One token felony conviction does not placate Taj and his family, when one of the primary assailants remains protected for corrupt, political, and frankly, racial reasons,” Stoll told the newspaper.

The Daily News said a witness and a police detective testified at Herskovic’s trial that Itzkowitz was one of the attackers. The detective’s testimony was based on surveillance video.

Despite that evidence, the prosecutor has not questioned Itzkowitz, who the newspaper identified as a member of the Shomrim, a Hasidic neighborhood watch group that serves Orthodox Jewish communities across the city.

Stoll told the news outlet that he has written twice to the district attorney, but there has been no response.

“We can only conclude that this DA’s office remains unwilling to grant equal access to justice to all Brooklyn communities,” he stated.

The newspaper said the prosecutor’s office declined to comment on the case.

SOURCE:  New York Daily News


12 thoughts on “Prosecutor Protecting Man In Apparent Racially-Motivated Attack, Lawyer Says

  1. Delores on said:

    Peter Johnson – why are you on this site. To spew your hate towards black people. It’s obvious you don’t know what you are talking about. But anyhoo, take this penny and go buy yourself a life – ok pumpkin!! Lmao!!

  2. Damn, that sure sound like you’re describing the trumpster. Not only does he have tiny fingers. He has a tiny brain ” and “tiny pouty lips”. The man is suppose to half a brain, but I can’t tell. He’s an idiot with a small attention span.

  3. Melvinowens on said:

    For people of color in the united States this is business as usual. The lack of Justice for people of color is well documented. The white woman who lied on emmit till in 1955, finally tells the truth as she faces the prospect of death. Whether Justice is realized or not for this black man and many others like him, I believe in the statement that “every dog has his day”, and the white man’s day will come

  4. Hopefully bringing national attention to the case will help. Now this is a cause worthy of nationwide attention, but more than likely, it will be buried beneath a mountain of commentary about the size of trump’s hands. SMDH.

  5. americanize on said:

    Oh an by the way,these jewish devils were the main players in the slave trade.So with news coming out that more white devils are dying then being born is good news,then we will have peace on earth.The God of the universe is watching.

  6. …and if the prosecutor in that county is elected, then folks know what they need to do. We got rid of the prosecutor in our county. Next……..!!

  7. specialt757 on said:

    Had it been a black man who beat a gay white dude up, this story would be different and so would this comment section. White privilege.

  8. americanize on said:

    I,m not shocked by this racist devils stay on code u do not throw white folk under the bus for black folks.Another day in the life of being black in America.

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