Hasidic Men Who Beat Up Black Gay Man Receive 150 Community Service

A Brooklyn judge sentenced two Hasidic men who admitted involvement in the brutal beating of a black gay man to 150 hours of community service Tuesday. (August 16) Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun delayed the sentencing by seven days so as to find an appropriate place for their community service.

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The victim, Taj Patterson, was beaten outside of Williamsburg in 2013, which left him blind in his right eye. Pinchas Braver, 22, and 42-year-old Abraham Winkler were the only two out of the group of five men who admitted guilt. Two others had their case dropped and a third Mayer Herskovic’s starts his trial next week.

The New York Daily News reports, Judge Chun said Winkler and Braver have 30 days to find a culturally diverse organization to complete their community service and also extended the time to pay the $1,400 restitution to Patterson.

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In December 2013, Patterson of Fort Greene was walking down Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg when he was attacked by a group of men linked to a volunteer Orthodox Jewish security patrol called the Shomrim.