Two 911 calls were heard in court on Tuesday in the trial of the gang assault of a gay, African-American man in Brooklyn.
Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough introduced the tapes of 911 calls that were placed on Dec. 1, 2013 as 25-year-old Taj Patterson was being beaten in Williamsburg – allegedly by a group of Hasidic Jewish men.
“There's a bunch of Jewish guys beating up a black kid ... There's like 20 Jewish men and one, one black kid,” the unknown female caller said. “I didn't see any weapons — it just didn't look good — he was begging for a ride, but I didn't want to put him in my car... It doesn’t look safe.”
After hearing a slur, Patterson testified in a non-jury trial that he was chased by a group of Jewish men, the New York Daily News reported. The group continued to grow, Patterson said he tried to find refuge in the cars of two passing motorists.
“They threw me to the ground, dragged me on my knees, told me to 'stay on the ground you f--king f----t.’ I was kicked in the face and saw a flash of white,” Patterson said previously, according to the Daily News.
“It looked like one of the guys was using a phone to hit him, but I didn't see any weapons,” the 911 caller said. “Yeah, they (sic) looked fine, he was begging for a ride. They were telling us not to let him in the car so we didn't want to get involved.”
The caller asked for an ambulance to help Patterson, who she said was “drooling.”
During the attack, Patterson’s sneaker was ripped off and thrown on a roof by the suspect who gouged Patterson’s eye with his thumb. According to the New York Daily News, Mayer Herskovic’s DNA was found on the black and grey Jordans.
Charges were dropped against the two codefendants who were indicted in 2014, Aaron Hollender and Joseph Fried. Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced to 150 hours of community service and a $1,400 fine,The Jewish Press reported.
NYPD closed the case without any arrestswhen it was first reported,according to Gothamist, but after Patterson's mother raised awareness, the case was reexamined.
Herskovic faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.