NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Department officials are vowing to hold those responsible for a recent attack on a migrant accountable, calling the incident “outrageous.” The attack occurred in the borough of Queens on Thursday, and police are currently doing “everything we can” to bring those responsible to justice, according to NYPD officials.
The victim, a 61-year-old man, was attacked by a group of individuals who shouted anti-Mexican slurs and threw a glass bottle at him, causing injuries to his head and arm. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.
In a statement, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison condemned the attack as an “outrageous and unprovoked act of violence.” He assured the public that the NYPD is taking the incident seriously and is committed to bringing accountability to those involved.
The attack comes at a time of heightened concern over anti-immigrant sentiment and hate crimes targeting minority communities in the United States. Advocacy groups have expressed alarm over the incident and are calling for swift and thorough action from law enforcement.
The victim’s family has also spoken out, expressing their shock and calling for justice. They described the victim as a hardworking and peaceful man who came to the United States in search of a better life.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has also weighed in on the incident, condemning it as a “disgusting and unacceptable act of hate.” He assured the public that the city stands in solidarity with the victim and the immigrant community, and that the perpetrators will be held accountable.
The NYPD is continuing its investigation and has increased patrols in the area where the attack took place, in an effort to prevent further incidents and reassure the community.