A 15-year-old autistic boy was pulled off an A train and beaten by a group of teens who yelled the n-word at him in a hate-filled attack at an Upper Manhattan subway station, harrowing video shows.
The boy, wearing sports glasses and a blue hoodie, was taken off a northbound A train at the 181st Street station near Fort Washington Avenue in Washington Heights around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Video taken of the attack it shows a teenager handing the victim over to a teenage girl who grabs him by his sweatshirt and forces him to walk across the crowded platform.
“Walk!” the girl screams as the frightened victim of her tries to get back to the train. The passengers watch as she forces the boy off the platform.
After being pushed off the platform, the teen tries to free himself, but the girl grips his sweatshirt tighter.
“You are running!” she screams. “Because you’re running!”
As a crowd gathers, several onlookers begin chanting “N—– alert!” while the victim, who is Black, tries to break free once more and gets back on the train.
“Lower!” the teen yells before slapping him.
“Why do you want me to get off?” the teen meekly asks, getting punched by another teen as he is pushed onto the platform.
As the teen tries to free himself again, the teen and two others attack him with punches and punches before the video ends.
After the assault, the victim boards the A train to the Dyckman St. station, where police are told what happened.
The teen sustained bruises to his face and body and his glasses broke, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
the teenager’s mother told WABC News that your child is autistic. She finds the video of her son being beaten hard to watch.
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“Nobody wants to see their son being attacked,” said the mother, who did not want to be identified.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack, as racial slurs were hurled during the attack. All of the attackers appear to be Hispanic, police sources said.
Outraged by the video, Manhattan community activist Rosemary Severino plans to hold an anti-bullying rally outside the 181st Street station on Tuesday.
“I’m not sure why things have gotten to this level,” Severino wrote on Instagram. “I hope that we can all dig into what is happening with our youth! Racial slurs and bullying are never acceptable.”
Severino said he wants to find the family of the brutalized boy to get their side of the story.
“Alright?” Severino asked. “Did they pick him at random or was he a suspected relative of a previous similar incident in November 2022 where a young Mexican man was attacked?”
The policemen were looking for the three attackers. No arrests have been made.