(John Del Signore) The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the alleged beating of a 22-year-old fashion student at the hands of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish mob. Taj Patterson, 22, was walking home from a party through the predominantly ultra-Orthodox section of South Williamsburg when he says a group of at least twenty Jewish men attacked him. Patterson says that during the beating, the men yelled anti-gay slurs, including, "Stay down, f----t!”
"I’m walking down some block by myself and then the next thing I know, I’m surrounded by a group of Hasidic Jewish men and they’re attacking me,” Patterson tells the Daily News. “I was alone. I was an easy target. I’m black. I’m gay, a whole slew of reasons." The assault occurred in the wake of a number of seemingly unprovoked assaults on Jews in Brooklyn. In November, hate crime charges were filed against a suspect who allegedly attacked a Jewish man in Borough Park without provocation.