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On Friday November 9, 2018, a 57 year old Black Caribbean Woman by the name of Ann Marie Washington was attacked by a white supremacist, while on her way from work. Ms. Washington was the most recent victim of a vicious Hate Crime at the Church Ave Q train station located at Church Avenue and East 18th street in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The community is shaken by this act of violence against Black people that did not just begin, but has been occuring for centuries. The only difference is that social media has made it easier to witness and know when and where it happened at. I was the initial Community Advocate who highlighted this incident after community residents brought the video to my attention and have been standing by the family ever since. The NYPD, FDNY and MTA have all moved slow in their response to this incident. There were a few evident moments of negligence by all three agencies in their response and follow up regarding this incident. Ms. Washington is now recovering from the emergency surgery that she had to have due to having a collapsed lung from her attacker stabbing her with what appears to be an ice pick. The family is demanding Justice for Ms. Washington. We are all disgusted with the first responding officers care free demeanor when it came to this attack. The initial refusal and delay to call this what it was, which is a Hate Crime, shows the dismissal by authorities and the city itself when it comes to hate crime attacks against Black people. There has been an uptick in these attacks against the Black community due to gentrification and the emboldening of white nationalists by Donald Trump.
I am demanding for the NYPD to check every single camera at every station from the Q train Church Avenue station to the last stop on the line. A video and sketch must be released to the public immediately of the attacker and the Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez must make sure that when the attacker is caught, that he is charged with a Hate Crime and Attempted Murder. On behalf of the family and the community, I will make sure that all avenues are used to find this racist coward and that the community is protected from further racist attacks. White Supremacy is not welcomed and not tolerated in our Community. Myself and many community organizations will now be sure to patrol throughout the community to respond immediately to any hate crime against members of our community.
Anthony Beckford is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and a longtime community advocate of the Flatbush and East Flatbush community. Anthony Beckford is also the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit.