The NYPD arrested two teenagers on hate crime charges, for attacking a Jewish man in Brooklyn.
The two teens, ages 14 and 16 years old, arrested on Wednesday were charged with third-degree assault and first-degree harassment, both hate crimes. As it stands, the arrests have been made in connection to the incident that occurred last month, where an 18-year-old victim wearing traditional Jewish attire near the corner of East 18th Street and Avenue M in Midwood was approached by a male, who demanded the victim say “Free Palestine”.
When he refused to say the phrase, one of the suspects then punched the victim in his right eye and ran off.
After the uncalled-for attack, the victim was briefly hospitalized at Maimonides Medical Center and released.