Another racially-motivated attack in New York City, in full view of an audience:
An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan – marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said.
In the latest incident, the suspect passed a 31-year-old rider on the M60 bus riding through Harlem, on West 127th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, around 2:45 p.m., Friday, when he shouted the racial slur and punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose and eye socket, cops said.
I would have thought a group of the witnesses might have jumped the attacker and pummeled him, or at least restrained him. The article gives the following clue as to what actually happened:
Two people who tried to help the victim were also punched but refused medical attention at the scene, law enforcement sources said.
New York, as I have mentioned in previous posts, is a city in which gun laws guarantee that concealed carry is almost nil. So any attackers have the assurance that onlookers are very unlikely to be armed.
This incident appears to resemble another recent one I wrote about previously, in which it seems that the “knockout game” is being played by a single perpetrator with little or no fear of retaliation.
At least this particular attack is being investigated as a hate crime, which it most definitely appears to be. But note that in the NY Post article to which I linked, the races of both perpetrator and the victim are not explicitly mentioned. However, their races are certainly implicit in the story (and there is a photograph of the suspect).
[CORRECTION: A commenter has pointed out that the punching of the two onlookers appears to have occurred in the previous attack, not this most recent one. I have also noticed, on rereading the article, that the investigation as a hate crime also seems to refer to the previous attack.]