Brooklyn, NY - 911 Caller Describes 20 Jewish Men Beating Up Black Man In Williamsburg Gang Assault Trial
Brooklyn, NY - A pair of 911 calls were introduced as evidence by the prosecution today in Brooklyn Supreme Court in the trial for the fifth and final defendant in the 2013 beating of a black man in Williamsburg.
As previously reported on VIN News(http://bit.ly/2chOnm5), five men were charged in the gang assault of Taj Patterson.
Charges were dropped against two of the men. Two others accepted a plea deal that was rejected by the remaining defendant Mayer Herskovic, whose non-jury trial began last Monday.
Patterson has already testified in the trial, telling the judge that he was walking on Flushing Avenue towards his home in Fort Greene when the incident occurred, as reported by the Daily News. Patterson said that as he heard a slur shouted in his direction he saw someone running after him and that as he began running away, he saw a number of other men joining the chase.
One of the callers told a 911 operator that she observed a large group of approximately 20 men who appeared to be Jewish beating a young black man. The caller said that there was a traffic jam in the area and that she saw no weapons, but that one of the men was beating the victim with what appeared to be a cell phone.
Asked by the 911 operator if the victim was in need of medical assistance, the caller said that she didn’t see any blood but that the victim, who approached her car, appeared to be drooling.
“He came up to the car and was begging for a ride,” said the caller. “He asked if we could please let him in but there were too many men surrounding him and they were telling us not to let him in so we didn’t want to get involved.”
One witness in the trial said that Herskovic’s DNA had been found on the heel of Patterson’s sneaker, which was thrown onto the roof of a nearby building. The witness also alleged that Herskovic jammed his thumb into Patterson’s eye.
Patterson was left blind in one eye as a result of the attack.
If convicted, Herskovic could face up to 25 years in jail.
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