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NYPD Investigating "Knockout" Street Attacks On Jews As Possible Hate Crimes [Video]

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(Ben Yakas) Multiple attacks on Jews in Brooklyn have led police to investigate whether they are part of an ongoing series of hate crimes—or whether they're just random attacks by teens playing a game called "knockout." Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters yesterday that there have been at least seven attacks on Jews in Crown Heights recently, including two misdemeanor assaults: “It is difficult to tell [if it is a pattern] at this time,” Kelly said, noting that the Hate Crimes Task Force was now investigating. “Obviously, some of it is based on descriptions. The crowds change in size, so it’s hard to tell if it is a clear pattern.”

The most recent attacked occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday evening on Kingston Avenue near Crown Street. A 19-year-old Jewish man was crossing the street when he was punched in the face by a man in a group of about 10 black males, all in their late teens and early 20s. “He was actually holding an expensive camera. And they punched him and nothing was stolen,” Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, the executive director of the Jewish Future Alliance, told CBS. You can see video of that assault below, courtesy of Crown Heights.info. The punch can be seen in the video at the :13, :41 and :48 second marks.

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