The New York/New Jersey wing of the Anti-Defamation League is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an African-American man who was seen on video last week assaulting a Chasidic man in Brooklyn.
In a video released by the NYPD, the perpetrator is seen walking down a street, when he passes an old dresser left out for garbage pickup, throws a drawer on the sidewalk, breaks off a piece, and continues to walk. Moments later, he turns around, starts running, and strikes at the Chassidic man walking behind him with it.
Video from 7/5/21 assault. pic.twitter.com/rdBBfzF7be
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) July 9, 2021
According to the NYPD’s relatively new hate crimes division, which is investigating the assault- on July 5 at around 11:30 a.m., a 25-year-old man “wearing traditional Jewish garb was punched in the chest by a male who made an anti-Jewish statement. The victim was also struck in the back with a thrown broken piece of furniture.”
The assault comes amidst recent statistics from the NYPD, which showed that anti-Semitic incidents have risen some 60 percent over 2020 with more than 110 acts of Jew-hatred to date.
Commenting about the incident and announcing the reward, ADL regional director Scott Richman said, “We are alarmed and extremely concerned about this alleged anti-Semitic assault. We are sending an unequivocal message that these hate-motivated acts of violence are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”