Officials denounce hate acts after Church Avenue station attack

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An attack that witnesses say was because of the color of the victim's skin has drawn elected officials to openly denounce hateful acts in Brooklyn.

Police say Anne-Marie Washington, 57, is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. Her family says she had to have surgery after she was attacked by a white man who yelled racist and misogynistic slurs at her while she was at the Church Avenue subway station.

Fire officials say an ambulance was called to the location for the victim having trouble breathing, but ultimately she was cleared by first responders.

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Hours later, Washington's family members say she woke up to the sight of blood and decided her injuries were worse than she originally thought.

Police say that she was actually stabbed three times. Following surgery, Washington is in stable condition.

Elected officials, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, have called for whoever attacked her to be taken off the streets. Some officials and activists also called on the NYPD to work harder and faster to catch the attacker.

Police say the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The MTA adds that they are working closely with police on the case.

Adams also announced that the Anti-Defamation League has posted a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

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