Black officers say bias attack probe lacking
By Tamer El-Ghobashy Daily News Staff Writer with John Marzulli
(NEW YORK) -- A group of black police officers called on their law enforcement brethren yesterday to catch the remaining suspects in Saturday's bias attack in Bayside.The group, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement, said the NYPD is not doing enough to catch a gang of white men who attacked a black man outside Byzantio's Cafe Bar on Bell Blvd.
Two Whitestone brothers, Angelo Gigliotti, 18, and Giuseppe Gigliotti, 20, were charged with assault and robbery as a hate crime. They allegedly pistol-whipped and robbed 20-year-old George Saint Louis of Corona.
At least 10 other men involved in the beating escaped, police said.
"What we're asking of the Police Department is to use the aggressive policing that is used when the ethnic makeup of the persons involved is reversed," said Eric Adams, co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement, citing the Central Park attacks on women after the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
"It appears as though the Police Department has taken the posture of being comfortable with the two arrests that were made. That is not enough," Adams said at a news conference outside the restaurant.
NYPD officials said the crime is being investigated by the bias crimes unit.
"The detectives are actively working this case and do know that other people were involved," said Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Antenen. "Any supposition that they're standing pat is erroneous."
Adams called on residents of Bayside to step forward and identify the men involved in the attack.
"This community should express their outrage by delivering the names of the people that would tarnish their good standing as a community that accepts all people," he said.
Saint Louis suffered cuts and bruises from the beating that took place around 1 a.m. when a group of white men jumped him and took $87 and a gold chain.
Witnesses said the Gigliotti brothers and others in the group allegedly yelled racial slurs at Saint Louis, according to police reports.
"This area needs to be blanketed with detectives knocking on doors, handing out flyers, questioning individuals and showing some enforcement," Adams said. "If you shake the tree, then enough fruit will fall. This young man was attacked because he was black."
Adams also warned that "there is another potential victim waiting to be assaulted by their drunken, biased, racist behavior," unless the individuals are caught.
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