Man knocked unconscious, cracks skull in Manhattan after racial slur: witnesses
Witnesses outside Benny’s Burritos said the white man, who cops say is in his 30s, was belting back beers and mouthed off to a black customer.
By Thomas Tracy / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, July 13, 2013
An unidentified man was hospitalized with a massive head injury Friday following an apparent bias-fueled attack in the West Village, witnesses and officials said.
Witnesses on Greenwich Ave. near W. 12th St. said the white man — who cops said is in his 30s — was belting back beers outside Benny’s Burritos about 5:30 p.m. when he began mouthing off to a black customer in the outdoor seating area.
“You n—–s are why I lost my job,” witnesses overheard the man say.
Outraged, the black man punched the bigoted boozer, sending him reeling backward onto the rain-slick sidewalk.
The young man was clocked after acting like a bigot outside Benny’s Burrito, witnesses say.
The man’s head cracked open on the concrete, said one witness who did not want to be named.
“He was lying on his back unconscious with his arms and legs spread out,” said the witness, who described the man as “well-dressed.”
“His eyes were rolled back in his head.”
Inspectors question police officers at the scene where a young man fell onto the sidewalk, injuring the back of his head.
The offended assailant took off.
“I couldn’t believe it,” the witness said. “He mentioned the N-word, this guy hits him one time and he hits his head on the curb.”
Cops were still investigating the clash late Friday night.
With Alec Tabak