A Brooklyn judge this week sentenced two Hasidic men to 150 hours of community service for their part in the vicious beating of a gay black man, Taj Patterson.
According to this report, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun had delayed the sentencing of Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler, above, so they could find an appropriate organisation in which to serve their community service.
Braver’s attorney Robert LaRusso admitted that it was “not difficult” to find the right organisation.
It’s not a problem – it’s just being able to satisfy the prosecutor that the agency in which we are asking the community service to be performed is satisfactory to them.
Braver, the younger of the two, and Winkler had suggested participating at Chai Lifeline, an organisation located in Borough Park that caters to Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses.
The organisation is located outside of Williamsburg where the December 2013 attack occurred, but does not fit the criteria prosecutors suggested as “culturally diverse”.
The pair were part of a gang of Hasidic vigilantes who attacked Patterson, leaving him blind in his right eye.
Braver and Winkler were the only two to admit guilt. Two others had their cases dropped and the trial of a fifth man, Mayer Herskovic, starts next week.
Justice Chun informed the pair they have 30 days to find another organisation or let the Department of Probation place them in a programme.
They also received an extension to pay $1,400 restitution to the victim.
Patterson, who was attacked by members of a “security patrol” – brought a lawsuit against the city of New York in June of this year. His lawyers claim that the city and the New York Police Department created an atmosphere in which Hasidic “security patrols” not only got official recognition and money, but could act with impunity.
The lawsuit alleged:
The City’s policies have essentially created a private police force with special connections to the NYPD, funded and outfitted by the City, without any supervision of that force.
At the culmination of another New York trial this week, Bayna Lekheim El-Amin, 42, above, was jailed for nine years for an attack on two gay men.
El-Amin, who is gay himself and stands 6 ft 6 inches, reportedly over-reacted when one of his victims, a much smaller Jonathan Snipes, 33, smacked him in the face with a “soft, small purse”.
An enraged El-Amin, according to this report, then knocked Snipes to the ground and stomped on his head. Later he picked up a chair and swung it at the heads of Snipes and his boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg said the accused may have been slapped by one of the victims with a canvas bag but had no right to react with the brutal beating.
That you did not cause serious physical injury to them was only by luck.