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Hasidic Community Refused to Cooperate with Cops Investigating Gay Hate Crime

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Large Hasidic Jewish community slowed police investigation until Jewish officers were sent to investigate. 

Brooklyn resident Taj Patterson was viciously beaten in Williamsburg while walking home one night by a group of men. Some members of the group, who were also a part of the Hasidic Jewish community, are currently standing trial.

Now it has come out that the community in which the incident took place had been giving the NYPD trouble as they tried to investigate the hate crime.

NYPD Detective Eric Sanchez told the Brooklyn Supreme Court that when asking landlords, neighbors, and vendors if they had anything to contribute to the investigation officers were hit with excuses like "their cameras weren't working" or that "they weren't on record," The New York Post reports

He went on to say that residents only began to share footage when the NYPD decided to take a different approach and send in members of the department who were Jewish.

Sanchez was then asked if he had ever experienced this in other cases to which he said, "Not to this magnitude."

Two of the assailants in the assault have since been sentenced while a third is currently on trial.

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