Brooklyn leaders hold unity conference after 22-year-old Taj Patterson was attacked

The leaders met on Flushing Avenue in Willamsburg, the site where the victim was recently attacked. (12/16/13)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn community leaders met in Williamsburg yesterday for a unity press conference after an African-American fashion student was violently attacked on Dec. 1.

The leaders met on Flushing Avenue in Willamsburg, the site where the victim was recently attacked.

Elected officials tell News 12 that 22-year-old Taj Patterson was attacked by a group of Orthodox Jewish men, who yelled anti-gay slurs at him. Officials say that attack was broken up by an MTA bus driver, who intervened. Patterson was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a damaged retina.

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The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the case as a possible bias assault. Police say there have been no arrests in the case at this time.

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