Taj patterson

A federal judge ruled that Taj Patterson didn't have enough evidence to show the NYPD showed favoritism to the Shomrim after they attacked him in 2013.
His lawyer argues he was convicted with bunk DNA evidence to protect a politically connected neighborhood patrol.
"We think the DNA evidence was completely and totally flawed," his lawyer said in court Thursday.
An ultra-Orthodox man charged in a gang assault of a gay black man in 2013, that left him blind in one eye, has been found guilty and faces 15 years in prison.
"They threw me to the ground, dragged me on my knees, told me to 'stay on the ground you f---ing f----t.'"
"We discovered that many of the residents in the area were being uncooperative."
They could have faced 25 years for gang assault, but pleaded down to "unlawful imprisonment."
Taj Patterson was left blind in one eye after he was attacked by five men that prosecutors say were members of the ultra-Orthodox Williamsburg Safety Patrol.
They were initially charged with multiple felonies, but took a plea deal that will earn them probation, community service, and $1,400 in restitution.
They reportedly marked the case closed less than a day after the beatdown.
Four Hasidic men were arrested in connection with the beating of a gay black man in Williamsburg last December, an incident that has been investigated as a possible hate crime.
"A group with some sort of uniform jacket with a logo may have been involved," Kelly said.
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