A black teenager was attacked on a New York City subway by three people who hurled racial slurs at him, the New York City Police Department said.
Friday’s beating was captured on cellphone video and shows a girl grabbing the 15-year-old victim by his shirt and demanding that he walk. The victim appears to struggle as she tries to get away from the girl, the video shows.
At one point, the video shows the victim walking toward the northbound A train at 181 Street and Fort Washington Avenue, but the girl pulls him onto the platform. Someone can be heard in the backyard yelling the n word.
The victim is eventually surrounded and beaten by the three people, the video shows.
“The individuals began making anti-black statements before striking the victim multiple times in the head and body,” the NYPD said in a statement. «As a result, the victim suffered a laceration to her lip, as well as pain and bruising to her body.»
The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital, according to the NYPD. It is not clear what led to the altercation.
The three individuals, who police said were «unknown» to the victim, apparently fled the scene after the beating. Authorities released their photos on Monday Facebook saying all three people are wanted for assault.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers unit.
New York City Transit Chairman Richard Davey condemned the attack.
«The video is heartbreaking and disturbing and our hearts go out to the young man seemingly being wantonly victimized. No one should be subjected to this type of hateful harassment while riding New York City Transit, and the MTA is fully cooperating with the New York City Police Department. New York in its investigation of the incident,» he said.
As of Wednesday morning, no arrests had been made. The New York police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.