Throughout New York there have been reports of young black teens pµnching unsuspecting victims, many of whom were Jewish. In one such alleged incident, it turns out that the supposed v¡ctim may not have been victimized by anything other than his own two feet.
A 65 year-old Hasidic grandfather from London, visiting New York for a wedding, reported to police that he was a victim of the knockout game when he left a ballroom at around 2am on Tuesday, suffering a busted lip and a chipped tooth. But the Village Voice reports that the man changed his story after watching footage of himself tripping and falling on the night in question.
“Video surveillance of the incident showed that he tripped,” Detective Brian Sessa told to the Voice. “He recanted after he was shown the video surveillance.”
By the time the elderly man had admitted he’d been mistaken, loudmouth Brooklyn City Council Member David Greenfield had already began using the story to score political points.
“He was attacked from behind by two individuals — brutally attacked,” Greenfield told CBS on Tuesday, according to the Voice. “They did not take anything from him, and he was in such bad condition that he had to be hospitalized.”
He continued: “I think that this should concern all of us. Right? I mean, this is a tourist–someone who came to visit the United States to celebrate his family at a wedding and I think that the potential of sending a message internationally that we have these kinds of attacks taking place in New York City should certainly concern all of us.”
And Greenfield isn’t apologizing for his error, insisting that the tourist was attacked, even though surveillance proves otherwise.