WILLIAMSBURG - Community leaders and elected officials met in Williamsburg today to call for unity after a series of several hate crime incidents in Brooklyn.

The most recent incident happened on Dec. 1 when Taj Patterson says a group of Orthodox men attacked him on Flushing Avenue. Elected officials say the group yelled anti-gay slurs at Patterson and broke his eye socket.

Patterson underwent surgery for a damaged retina. Police say they are treating the attack as a hate crime, but aren't considering it one of the string of 'knockout' attacks.

Speakers at the news conference urged anyone with information about the recent attacks to contact police.