Statement of Michael S. Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO

We are horrified at the alleged assault on Taj Patterson in Williamsburg on December 1, 2013. This attack is being investigated as a possible hate crime by the detectives of the Hate Crime Task Force of the NYPD, who are among the finest investigators in the world. We urge them to follow the evidence wherever it may lead and that the perpetrators be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Hate crimes — acts motivated by race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person — are a scourge on society, magnifying a criminal act with hideous animus. Those who commit such heinous acts deserve to bear the full brunt of our criminal justice system.

According to reports, MTA bus driver Evelyn Keys is a hero. She stopped the attack and gave to police the little evidence that is available.

Anyone with information about this assault should contact NYPD Crimestoppers at 1-(800) 577-TIPS. Your identity and information will be kept anonymous.

Contact:  David Pollock
Phone:  (212) 983-4800 x132