Tensions Flare Between Queens Sikhs and NYPD After Racially Motivated Hit and Run

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The driver dragged Sandeep Singh's body 30 feet.
It was shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Sandeep Singh and three of his friends were crossing 99th Street at 101 Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens when they crossed paths with a man in a pick-up truck. Witnesses say the driver called Singh a "terrorist," and yelled at him to "go back to your country." Singh, a Sikh, stood in the truck's path to keep the driver from leaving while his friends called the police, but the driver gassed his pick-up into Singh, hitting the 29-year-old and dragging him some 30 feet before he came loose.

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Man Arrested In Attack on Sikh Columbia Professor Dr. Prabhjot Singh

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Dr. Prabhjot Singh
In September, Columbia University professor Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked by a large group of young men near 110th Street and Lennox in Harlem, not far from his home. The men grabbed his beard, punched him in the face, and knocked him to the ground, all while calling him "Osama" and "terrorist." Dr. Singh is Sikh.

Yesterday, police reported they have arrested one man suspected of participating in the attack. Christian Morales, 20, is accused of pulling Singh's beard as the attack began.

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Man Who Attacked Hijab-Wearing Woman In Times Square Released With Just A Ticket

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Atef Sabry Abu El Enin in Times Square on Saturday
Rachel Gunnoe, a stay-at-home mom from New Jersey, was in a Times Square on Saturday, taking part in a demonstration against the military coup in Egypt, when she was accosted by a man who grabbed her protest sign, threw it in her face, and called her a "fucking terrorist."

Her assailant, identified by the NYPD as Atef Sabry Abu El Enin, 33, of Washington D.C., was quickly restrained by officers but, the Voice has learned, he was not charged with assault.

Instead, he was taken to a local precinct where he was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and dismissed. But he may face more charges soon--the NYPD confirms the attack is being investigated as "a possible bias incident."

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NYPD Releases Video of Suspects in Attack on Sikh Columbia Professor Dr. Prabhjot Singh

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A still from the video
We told you yesterday about Columbia University professor Dr. Prabhjot Singh, who was attacked and beaten by a large group of young men as he walked near 110th Street and Lennox Avenue in Harlem. Singh was unable to remember much about his attackers, except that they were mostly African-American, and many of them were on bikes. Now, the NYPD is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects, and has released a surveillance video of them, taken near the northeastern corner of Central Park.

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Sikh Columbia University Professor Dr. Prabhjot Singh Attacked By Gang of Young Men Who Called Him "Osama" [UPDATED]

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Dr. Prabhjot Singh
It was an ugly weekend. On Saturday night, not long after a woman in a hijab was attacked in Times Square and called a terrorist, a Columbia University professor was beaten in Harlem in an unrelated incident. Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked just after 8 p.m. near 110th Street and and Lennox by a large gang of young men, some of them on bicycles, who yelled, among other things, "Osama" and "terrorist." Dr. Singh is Sikh.

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Steven Torres Was Arrested in Queens for Killing a Man He Thought Was Hitting On Him

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Ever Orozco, 49, the victim of Stephen Torres's hate-fueled stabbing
Looks like this summer's spree of hate-related beatings and killings was just the appetizer. Steven Torres, 22, was arrested yesterday in Elmhurst for fatally stabbing a man he thought was hitting on him. Ever Orozco, 69, was stabbed seven times in the neck and chest because Torres thought he was blowing kisses at him. As it turns out, Orozco isn't the only person Torres has stabbed, even this week.

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Some Well-Intentioned but Probably Misguided Alien-Followers Flew a Swastika Over the Beach on Sunday

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A group intent on "rehabilitating" the swastika had a genius plan Sunday afternoon: flying a banner with a big ol' swastika on it over a portion of the shoreline, where it was spotted by beachgoers in Long Island, Rockaway Beach, and Coney Island. No possible way that could be misconstrued! Nope!

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Another Damn Anti-Gay Hate Crime, This Time in Koreatown

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Do you know who this man is?
One more hate crime and New York City will earn its "Hate Crimes" merit badge.

NY1 is reporting that yet another anti-gay bias crime has gone down in Koreatown. The man allegedly verbally attacked one of the victims before kicking one of them in the shoulder. After the assault the man took off down West 32nd Street. No details are yet known about the victim or the assailant, but cops are asking people who recognize the man in the photo to come forward with tips.

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Activists to Hold a Non-Quinn-Affiliated March for Mark Carson Outside St. Vincent's Hospital

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Expressing the LGBTQ community's grief and outrage following the murder of Mark Carson in the West Village on Friday, several LGBTQ groups are co-sponsoring a rally held at the LGBT Community Center tonight. Speaker Christine Quinn jumped on the rally as well--and the Facebook page for the event lists Quinn as the only politician involved.

Still, not all of New York City's queer community feel that Quinn has her heart in a sincere place. That's why they'll be taking their vigil for Carson outside what was St. Vincent's hospital at 5:30 p.m., when activists and mourners will ask whether Carson could have been saved if the hospital hadn't been shuttered.

"A lot of people are agreeing that Christine Quinn is trying to politicize today's march," says Louis Flores, an organizer with Queers Against Quinn and a St. Vincent's activist group. Flores also wonders whether Carson, who was shot through the cheek, would have survived had he been taken two blocks away from the scene of the crime to St. Vincent's, rather than Beth Israel, which is located across town from where Carson was shot and lacks a Level 1 trauma center.


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Mark Carson Was One of 5 Anti-Gay Attacks in Manhattan This Month Alone

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On Friday night, Mark Carson was walking with a male friend in the West Village when three men started following them. "Look at these faggots," one said, before taking out a revolver and shooting Carson in the face, according to charges filed Sunday. The 32-year-old was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Beth Israel Hospital.

A march is being held for Carson at the LGBT Community Center in the West Village tonight, starting at 5:30. But those rallying aren't just protesting Friday night's despicable violence--Carson's death was one of five anti-gay assaults in Manhattan this month.

On May 5, Nick Porto and Kevin Atkins were attacked near Madison Square Garden by four men shouting anti-gay slurs. On May 8, a victim leaving Pieces, a Christopher street gay bar, was attacked by two men. On May 7, yet another person was assaulted by someone spewing anti-gay garbage in Union Square, according to the Anti-Violence Project. Just two days later, two gay men were beaten at 5 a.m. in Midtown. They survived.


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