Community members want East Flatbush stabbing treated as hate crime
A man faces assault charges in an East Flatbush stabbing that some community members want treated as a hate crime.
Michael Fasulo, 30, is being charged with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon in a stabbing inside the Boost Mobile on Church Avenue.
Footage of the aftermath shows the victim being lifted onto a stretcher with blood all over his pants. A witness account posted online says Fasulo, who is white, called the black victim the N-word.
News 12 is told that even though slurs may have been used, it doesn't necessarily mean the crime was motivated by hate. But that is a distinction some community members consider a travesty.
"It is a racist, bigot issue," says community advocate Anthony Beckford. "And that needs to be addressed. When it comes to our community, they just can't say well it's this and they try to dilute it from what the truth is. Because any other community they do not do that."
Sources tell News 12 Fasulo has a lengthy criminal record, but police are not investigating this incident as a hate crime.
Sources say the victim is still recovering from his injuries at Kings County Hospital.