New York City police are reportedly questioning five suspects in Thursday’s vicious beating of a 15-year-old girl on a Brooklyn street by a group of about a dozen teenagers.
Video of the girl’s attack went viral.
The video shows the girl on the ground being kicked in the chest and face before more youths surround her, stomping and kicking her.
The youths stole the Air Jordan sneakers that the girl was wearing before they left her lying on ground, police said.
The girl suffered head trauma, but was released from the hospital.
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Unnamed New York City Police Department sources told the New York Post that the Crown Heights attack was in retaliation for a fight earlier in the day.
The sources told the Post that the girl who was attacked had beaten up another girl at school earlier that same day, and that the group of attackers were friends with the victim of the earlier fight.
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However, the New York Daily News quoted community activist Tony Herbert, who is related to the victim, as denying that allegation.
“This whole thing is random. She doesn’t engage in negativity, she goes home and goes to the house and does her work,” he said.
“This was just a bunch of kids who converged on Utica Avenue,” he said. “They hang out at the McDonald’s.”
Herbert said the pack mentality took over once the beating began.
“So when kids saw it, they all got involved,” he said. “Some of them probably don’t even know what they got themselves into by doing what they did. Now they’re all facing felonies.”
Herbert said the victim is “traumatized right now” and the victim’s mother is “just devastated right now.”
“This is Women’s History Month. We’re supposed to be celebrating women, not attacking and beating them,” he said.
Herbert said the victim has not fully explained to family members what took place.
No charges had been filed as of Saturday morning
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