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Brooklyn, NY - 911 Caller Describes 20 Jewish Men Beating Up Black Man In Williamsburg Gang Assault Trial

Published on: September 6, 2016 04:48 PM
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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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 Sep 06, 2016 at 05:08 PM ???? Says:

if 20 guys were beating up one, the victim would be dead. It's ridiculous.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 05:17 PM remelys Says:

Reply to #1  
???? Says:

if 20 guys were beating up one, the victim would be dead. It's ridiculous.

your comment is exactly what is wrong with our society.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 05:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
???? Says:

if 20 guys were beating up one, the victim would be dead. It's ridiculous.

Idiot. They blinded the poor guy.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 05:49 PM A musaar.Hakel to all of us. Never take action alone on a suspect Says:

This just seems like a too quick decision was made by some people on a Suspect.
Remember that we are in "Gulis" we need to live in piece with our neighbors.
never take action of judgment to you own hands.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 06:13 PM observer Says:

#2 what problems do you have with our society you hate yourself louc around


 Sep 06, 2016 at 07:20 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

There is no doubt he was beat up. But him saying he remembers anything is a lie as he was so drunk. Without a video, there is no one who can say with certainty that the defendant was the one who beat him up. In fact, he was busy throwing his sneaker on the roof while others were doing the beating.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 07:42 PM curious Says:

Was this purely a racial attack or did this guy do something and there was a chaptzim?


 Sep 06, 2016 at 08:21 PM Chaim Says:

So far I don't see any prove that Hershkovic was the one that beat him up. I only hope I'm right on this.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 08:46 PM יעקוב אבינו אמר: פחז כמים אל תותר Says:

Don't rush to Judgment when you see a Suspect running away.
Hold him for the Police to take care and not you.


 Sep 06, 2016 at 11:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Watch out Willi. Sharpton's on his way.


 Sep 07, 2016 at 01:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Idiot. They blinded the poor guy.

You & #2 are totally clueless. My point is ... TWENTY vs ONE? And he lived? It doesn't make sense. If there are exaggerations like this, the rest of the evidence will be viewed as exaggerated. I am not saying the defendant is innocent, but where are the other attackers? How come THEY weren't found? Perhaps because they don't exist. It 's all about logic - which you two dimwits don't seem to have. Have a nice day.


 Sep 07, 2016 at 05:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Look, those vigilantes were bullies, who blinded he poor guy. They deliberately taunted him, because he was Black, and gay. Then, they blinded him. They were all scum. I can't understand the support which those low life miscreants receive on this site? If it was the other way around, every one on this site would be condemning the perpetrators without hesitation.


 Sep 07, 2016 at 07:06 PM IamYid Says:

I don't believe yidn attacked shares chinam - it just never happen. (The other way around happens all the time.) He must've done something awful to provoke it.

Of course I am not happy that he got blinded. But once you are involved in a fight, either defending yourself or attacking the wicked man who’s done something to provoke your righteous anger, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to precisely calibrate your blows and the damage they do.


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