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Orthodox Jews sentenced for attack on gay black man

Orthodox Jews sentenced for attack on gay black man

A Brooklyn judge this week sentenced two Hasidic men to 150 hours of community service for their part in the vicious beating of a gay black man, Taj Patterson.

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Taj Patterson

According to this report, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun had delayed the sentencing of Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler, above, so they could find an appropriate organisation in which to serve their community service.

Braver’s attorney Robert LaRusso admitted that it was “not difficult” to find the right organisation.

It’s not a problem – it’s just being able to satisfy the prosecutor that the agency in which we are asking the community service to be performed is satisfactory to them.

Braver, the younger of the two, and Winkler had suggested participating at Chai Lifeline, an organisation located in Borough Park that caters to Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses.

The organisation is located outside of Williamsburg where the December 2013 attack occurred, but does not fit the criteria prosecutors suggested as “culturally diverse”.

The pair were part of a gang of Hasidic vigilantes who attacked Patterson, leaving him blind in his right eye.

Braver and Winkler were the only two to admit guilt. Two others had their cases dropped and the trial of a fifth man, Mayer Herskovic, starts next week.

Justice Chun informed the pair they have 30 days to find another organisation or let the Department of Probation place them in a programme.

They also received an extension to pay $1,400 restitution to the victim.

Patterson, who was attacked by members of a “security patrol” – brought a lawsuit against the city of New York in June of this year. His lawyers claim that the city and the New York Police Department created an atmosphere in which Hasidic “security patrols” not only got official recognition and money, but could act with impunity.

The lawsuit alleged:

The City’s policies have essentially created a private police force with special connections to the NYPD, funded and outfitted by the City, without any supervision of that force.

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At the culmination of another New York trial this week, Bayna Lekheim El-Amin, 42, above, was jailed for nine years for an attack on two gay men.

El-Amin, who is gay himself and stands 6 ft 6 inches, reportedly over-reacted when one of his victims, a much smaller Jonathan Snipes, 33, smacked him in the face with a “soft, small purse”.

An enraged El-Amin, according to this report, then knocked Snipes to the ground and stomped on his head. Later he picked up a chair and swung it at the heads of Snipes and his boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg said the accused may have been slapped by one of the victims with a canvas bag but had no right to react with the brutal beating.

That you did not cause serious physical injury to them was only by luck.

18 responses to “Orthodox Jews sentenced for attack on gay black man”

  1. sailor1031 says:

    So nine years for whacking two men who were not seriously hurt but 150 hours community service for a gang of thugs severely beating one man and blinding him in one eye. Both cases in NewYork. Talk about sentencing disparity. One asks why but one already knows the answer.

  2. Broga says:

    Law and order is collapsing as the loathsome bigots, such as that Hasidic pair, decide to impose their beliefs on others. A man gets beaten up and blinded and that pair of scum get a paltry sentence. Social chaos is upon us and religion supports it.

  3. Homosexuals will need to learn how to fight back, especially in the coming years. Violence is a universal language, understood by all.

  4. F–k me, those two c–ts would make good guards in Dachau or Buchenwald. Yet more evidence of the horrors to which circumcision may well lead.

  5. Marcus says:

    If Braver and Winkler can’t find a “culturally diverse” organisation in which to do their community service, may I suggest that the honorable judge orders them to serve their sentence at the the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD).
    http://www.muslimalliance.org/aboutmasgd
    I then suggest he vacates the bench and gets a job in a bagel factory.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Outrageous sentencing, but nothing new for Danny Chun:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/judge-fateful-error-peter-liang-sentencing-article-1.2607837

    Chun threw out the jury’s carefully considered ruling. Disregarded the prosecutor to boot. And substituted his judgment for both.

    That both judge and police officer happen to be Asian-American only heightens intense impressions that justice comes skewed by the race and ethnicity of those involved, and weighted against black victims and defendants alike.

    Quelle surprise!

  7. barriejohn says:

    There’s a video about the Liang case here:

    https://youtu.be/yhb31PgkJKM

  8. barriejohn says:

    I agree that the sentencing in the second case is also outrageous. Someone who “flips” and strikes out without forethought is sent to prison for nine years. Wow – let’s get such dangerous individuals off the streets! Justice Goldberg was presented with a petition on behalf of Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, but it doesn’t seem to have done much good:

    https://www.change.org/p/lgbtq-asking-the-judge-for-leniency-in-the-sentencing-of-bayna-lehkiem-el-amin

  9. barriejohn says:

    There is an interesting video of the attack on Snipes and York-Adams here, with commenters taking different sides:

    https://youtu.be/1SUlEsVD4ZM

    It is obvious that Snipes attacked El-Amin without provocation in the first instance, but that the latter, after the altercation was over, picked up the chair and hit them with it. However, it also seems equally obvious that he was still very angry at this stage. They also obviously lied about what happened.

    (Sorry – I seem to have hijacked this thread!)

  10. Oh, Mr Winkler, what on earth have you done?

  11. Trevor Blake says:

    This reminds me of the case where a group of atheist men beat a gay man, blinding him in one eye, and were fined a small amount and sentenced to community service of their choosing.

    Except that never happened. I keep noticing how it never happens. Have you noticed that it never happens?

  12. AgentCormac says:

    @Trevor Blake
    Like you I grow tired of the attrocities carried out by atheists. Thank goodness there are so many religions out there to ensure that with their vicious, inhumanly enforced rules we might all live such good, compassionate and guiltless lives.

  13. 1859 says:

    But is it true that gangs of hasidic vigilantes (‘security patrols’!) are allowed to ‘police’ their own neighbourhoods in NY – and with the full knowledge of the NY police? This would not be legally kosher, no way!
    Also a $1400 fine for blinding a man in one eye! Is this the price of an eye? Judge Chun has had his head screwed on backwards. At the very least there should have been a custodial sentence of a couple of years, plus a hefty fine.

  14. Beta says:

    Don’t have to be a fundamentalist to beat up on people. All you have to be is a thug and there are plenty of godless thugs about. This article is a waste of space on this site.

  15. Brian Jordan says:

    @1859
    “Also a $1400 fine for blinding a man in one eye! Is this the price of an eye?”
    I doubt that would cover his medical expenses. What became of “an eye for an eye” as mandated by scripture?

  16. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. In the Kingdom of the Blind, the one-eyed man is king.

  17. Peter Sykes says:

    Miss Rose:
    What the hell has circumcision got to do with it?

  18. What the hell has circumcision got to do with it? Ask Miss Winkler.