Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue bound Q train entering the Neck Road station. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit
Yesterday a disturbing story came over the AP wire. The story was about a possible hate crime that occurred on a southbound Q train at Canal Street According to the cops, four Jewish subway riders were showered with anti-Semitic comments & beaten after wishing riders “Happy Hanukkah”. Here is the full story courtesy of the AP & posted on AMNY:
An attack on four subway riders during Hanukkah last week is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.
Four people were approached Friday night by another group who began yelling anti-Semitic remarks at them and assaulting them on a southbound Q train at Canal Street in Manhattan, police said.
Police caught up with the train at the Flatbush and DeKalb avenues station in Brooklyn and arrested eight men and two women, ages 19 and 20. They were arraigned Saturday on third-degree assault and menacing, second-degree riot and harassment, and disorderly conduct, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said. The case was being handled by the office’s civil rights bureau, and charges could be upgraded to a hate crime, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The two men and two women who were attacked had bruises and welts on their faces and heads, but were not hospitalized, police said.
One of the men charged, Joseph Jirovec, 19, pleaded guilty last year to attempted robbery as a hate crime and was awaiting sentencing, prosecutors said. Jirovec, who is white, was part of a group that yelled racial epithets and assaulted two black teenagers in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
Jirovec’s lawyer, Peter Mollo, said Tuesday it was very unlikely his client would attack another person because he or she was Jewish. “His mother was Jewish,” he said. “It’s very unlikely he would do something like this at all.”
State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents Brooklyn, said he was disturbed by news of the incident.
“Where is this coming from when young people are involved in this kind of behavior?” he asked. “You would think we’ve learned from the past. Something rotten is going on.”
I am glad that the scumbags who assaulted these innocent riders were arrested. I hope the justice system gives these scumbags a severe ass kicking to match the beating they gave the 4 riders & then some! There is no place for these kind of crimes in today’s society even if we do not agree with the faith of others.
One last thing, you have got to love the lawyer for one of the scumbags who uses the “my client could not have done this routine due to _______ enter any b.s. reason you can come up with” defense. I find it downright laughable that he mentions his client’s mother is part Jewish which would make it impossible for him to perpetrate such a crime. Last I checked wasn’t one of Adolf Hitler’s right hand men Jewish? I know someone in that regime was, so sorry buddy I would come up with a new defense. You get paid enough money so you have to come up with a better plan!
xoxo Transit Blogger