Saturday, December 26, 2015

NYPD probing if assault on Jewish college student at Brooklyn campus was hate crime 

Police are investigating an assault on a Medgar Evers College junior as a possible anti-Semitic hate crime.

The student, a 24-year-old Orthodox Jewish man, had just taken an exam, and was walking in a hallway at the Brooklyn college’s science building at 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to police and school officials.

He was talking with three classmates when a man bumped him from behind, police said.

The student tapped the man on the shoulder with an umbrella he was carrying, and the man responded by punching him in the face and stomach, cops said.

“Why are you doing this?” the student asked, and the man, who is black, told him, “I don’t like Jewish people, I don’t like white people,” an NYPD spokesman said.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack, police said.

Rudy Crew — president of Evers College, which is part of the CUNY system — called the attack an “awful act of violence and of ignorance.”


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