By: Rachel Pulaski
A black passenger riding on the Manhattan M60 bus shouted “cracker” at another passenger then “smashed” the bones in his face, broke his nose and eye socket.
NY Post reported:
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.
he victim was treated for facial fractures at New York Presbyterian Hospital and released, police said.
The incident occurred as authorities reported that Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, fell into a coma after being punched and knocked to the ground in Union Square Park on Wednesday. He was taken off life support and died Monday, sources said.
In that case, a 31-year-old allegedly yelled that he was going to “f— up” the next white person he saw, before clocking Babbitt so hard that witnesses reported hearing his skull crack on the pavement.
This incident occurred shortly after another black man (LaShawn Martin) in Union Square Park killed 62 year old Jeffrey Babbitt after saying ”‘I’m going to punch the first white man I see”. Babbitt was left brain dead at Bellevue hospital. He died soon after being taken off life support.
NBC New York reported:
NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating after a man allegedly declared he would attack the first white person he came across, then punched and knocked out a 62-year-old man in Union Square Wednesday.
LaShawn Marten, 31, of Morningside Heights, is accused of attacking three people in the busy plaza Wednesday afternoon, according to the NYPD. Police said the suspect, who is black, punched the 62-year-old white man in the face, causing serious injuries. The suspect then punched a 48-year-old person and an 18-year-old person, both also white.