A Brooklyn man accused of several so-called knockout game attacks in the New York borough was charged with hate crimes.
Barry Baldwin, 35, was charged with six counts each of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime for attacks that allegedly took place in heavily Jewish neighborhoods from Nov. 9 to late December, the New York Police Department said Saturday, according to New York media.
Officials of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York this week said they are withholding judgment on the outcome of a police investigation into a severe beating, allegedly committed by members of Williamsburg’s chasidic community, against a young black man earlier this month.
Crown Heights City Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo apologized this week for her contention, repeated in several venues, that local complaints against Jewish landlords and home buyers might have been a motive in the knockout cases.
Security patrols, alerts in Jewish areas after latest attack.
Assistant Managing Editor
Volunteer security patrols are increasing in Orthodox neighborhoods following a new spate of so-called knockout attacks in Brooklyn. And the Jewish Community Relations Council is preparing to offer up to $5,000 for information on perpetrators of the “game” that has whole communities on edge but seems to target mostly Jewish victims here.