A man’s jaw was fractured after he was punched on the street in an early morning attack in Brooklyn that police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
The 27-year-old victim was ordering food with three of his friends at Crown Fried Chicken near Franklin and Fulton avenues when they were approached by a group of people in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 4 a.m. Saturday, police said.
The group began making anti-gay comments to the victim and his friends and when the victim tried to de-escalate the situation, he was punched in the face, according to police.
His jaw was fractured after the punch. He was at Brooklyn Hospital on Saturday night and he will likely have to undergo surgery on his face.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack.