12-Year-Old Gang Assaulted in Brazen Parkway Attack
SEE IT: A 12-year-old Jewish boy was brutally assaulted by a group of black pre-teens in a brazen attack on Friday night along Eastern Parkway. Family members miffed by the inaction of many police officers.
by CrownHeights.info Staff
A 12-year-old Jewish boy was violently assaulted as he was walking home along Eastern Parkway, just across the street from 770 and as dozens of witnesses were out and about. The attack came suddenly and unprovoked by a group of 7 or 8 black youth.
Speaking to CrownHeights.info, the victim’s father explained that his son was walking home between the Mincha and Maariv prayers – around 7:00pm on Friday night – when he noticed that a large group was walking behind him and acting rowdy.
“My son said that he understood something was going to happen and as he was thinking what he should do, they suddenly pounced with one of them slapping him so hard that he fell to the ground, while a second one hitting him in the head,” said the father.
“Thankfully my son had taken some self-defense courses and knew to protect his head and cover-up,” said the father, adding that it likely prevented any serious injury.
As the group passed by one bent down and offered his hand to victim and said to him “get up kid” and walked away.
When the victim arrived home and told his mother what had happened together they immediately went across the street to the large contingent of police officers and attempted to report the attack, though officers responded that they could not help them since the attacked occurred on the 77th Precinct’s side, that it was not really an assault since the victim was not seriously injured, and that they needed to call 911.
Unrelenting, they walked down the block to Brooklyn Avenue and there pleaded with offices for help, those officers relented and informed that the officers from the 77th precinct would be arriving at their house shortly.
Over an hour later officers from the 77th Precinct did arrive and spoke with the victim and filled out a report.
After the incident a non-Jewish neighbor approached the boy’s father and told him that she had seen the group hanging around and it seemed that they were up to no good, running in front of people and shouting at them.
Today, Sunday, the victim’s father reached out to community activists the police department kicked the incident up to Special Victims Unit, which investigates suspected hate crimes, and detectives reached out to the victim’s family in order to follow up on the report.
“My son takes a self-defense course, and using that knowledge he was able to defend and protect himself,” said the victim’s father. “What’s disturbing is that this occurred on Eastern Parkway, with many extra cops out, extra flood lights, lots of foot traffic, and all that didn’t deter these kids,” he added.
“If one good thing was to come from this incident, perhaps [the police] needs to coordinate and get a group of cops from the 77th to be a presence on the opposite side as well.”
One day after the attack the victim reported feeling sore, but thankfully did not need any medical attention.