A black fashion student says he attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying.

Taj Patterson, 22 and a fashion major at New York City College of Technology, alleges he was headed home on Dec. 1, when more than a dozen Orthodox Jewish men started to assault him.  During the assault, Taj says the were yelling, “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 said. “I was alone. I was an easy target. I’m black. I’m gay, a whole slew of reasons.”

His injuries include a broken eye socket, a torn retina, blood clotting, and cuts and bruises to his knee and ankles.

According to the police report, Patterson was “highly intoxicated, uncooperative and incoherent” after the attack, but he does recall the ring leader.

“There was a crowd around him, cheering him on and getting him rowdy, and he would grab me and push me against the wall,” Patterson said.

Evenlyn Keyes, a MTA bus driver, witnessed the attack.

“I get out of the bus and all these men were standing up straight around him,” says Keys. “Taj is laying down on his back. I went up to him and he was in so much pain. He says, ‘I can’t see . . . I can’t breathe.’ ”

The NYPD confirmed that the hate crimes unit is investigating the assault


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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Hear me out:

    I live in Brooklyn, and on the news, the Jewish victims who were attacked (supposedly), never had this level of damage done to them (if any at all) like this young man. Also, if you go to the Jewish communities in Brooklyn, especially Crown Heights, there is 24/7 NYPD police protection and the Orthodox community have their own neighborhood watches. If 6 young black men walked into their community, trust and believe the NYPD WOULD BE NOTIFIED ASAP!

    I find this whole thing suspect. The Orthodox community have been known to break the law when the NYPD or NYC politicians don’t bend their way. Years ago, the son of a prominent black NYPD detective was brutally assaulted by the Jewish neighborhood watch b/c they SUSPECTED that he was behind a rash of vandalism that happened at night by black teeenage boys. When the the Brooklyn DA started to ask the Rabbis questions, they acted dumb as if the DA was speaking Clingon. They have yet to apprehend the thugs who attacked this innocent. It came over the news that a young Asian woman who was a victim of the knockout game, was lying and that her abusive boyfriend beat the snot out of her………

    I don’t believe everything I hear on TV. As for the Jewish community being “victims”, I don’t buy that either as they wield considerable power in NYC. I do believe that some thug Orthodox youngins wanna play “Dirty Harry” and did beat this innocent black man b/c they could.

    ::Proudly puts on tinfoil hat::

    • Anthony

      I said before that the notion that the knockout game is a form of Anti-Semitism is part of a campaign to keep stop and frisk in place under DiBlasio. I do not believe the Jews in New York are inordinately powerful either, a segment of them are just racist whites who treat all blacks savagely just like the Italians used to do in Bensonhurst.

  • Anthony

    It really offends me that the police reports talks about the victim’s supposed intoxication. That sounds like things are headed towards victim blaming.

    • I am wondering if it is possible they purposely misreported him being intoxicated when in reality he was disoriented, angered and emotional after the attack.

  • Why does the police report need to neglect that the victim was “highly intoxicated, uncooperative and incoherent”if it’s actually true? If he had been sober, cooperative and coherent would that have made him any less of a victim?

  • Not surprised.

    I was heckled in Williamsburg by a group of drunk caucasian adults over a year ago and I went off. Since then I haven’t returned.

    I’ve never been a fan of that neighborhood; most of those folks live in a bubble. They come to New York from the middle of nowhere (I don’t know Ohio?) and congregate in their own little community far away from blacks. I’d live in Fort Greene ANY DAY since there is a mixture of people living there which includes upwardly mobile and artsy black people, hispanics, and asians. It isn’t utopia but its way better.

  • Alvis Fearghas

    innocent people being attacked by lowlifes…this is the gang version of the knock out game, what happen to love thy neighbor…