Police in New York City are searching for four men who are accused of making anti-gay comments and brutally attacking a transgender woman in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn.
The attack, which occurred on Sunday just before 11:30 p.m., has left the victim in critical condition.
From CBS Local:
Police said the four men walked up the 28-year-old victim on Bushwick Avenue and began making anti-gay statements. They then beat and kicked the woman, police said. One of them also threw a Plexiglas board at the victim’s head, police said.
Two of the suspects were caught on a store’s surveillance video.
One was described by police as a black man wearing a gray sleeveless sweatshirt with the word “freedom” on it along with a dark long sleeve shirt, gray sweatpants, white sneakers and ski cap.
The other, described by police as black man with close cut hair, was wearing a blue Nike hooded sweatshirt with blue sweatpants.
The attack is being treated as a hate crime. From Gothamist:
According to Gay City News, the victim has frequented the organization New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth. The group’s executive director, Kate Barnhart, told the publication that the victim had been walking with a gay friend when she was approached by the men, and that they called her a “faggot” before they began beating her. Banhart noted that while the victim is in stable condition, doctors do not know if she will sustain any permanent brain damage.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is now investigating.
“There is no place in New York for such bigoted and hateful acts and I urge anyone with knowledge of this assault to come forward and alert the police,” Comptroller Scott Stringer issued a statement. “We pride ourselves on tolerance, diversity and inclusion in our city and no one should live in fear as they walk the streets.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.