Apr 19 2013
Wild melee in Brooklyn erupts as NYPD arrest Muslim teens for allegedly taunting Jewish subway rider.
NY Daily News Stephan Stowe, 17, was charged with harassment after telling Jewish rider ‘They should have killed all of you.’ Police also wrestled a woman to the ground and arrested her after angry onlookers swarmed the station’s platform, snapping video and yelling at cops during the incident.
The attempted arrest of an allegedly hate-mongering teen aboard a Brooklyn subway quickly turned into a wild showdown between cops and a roiled mob.
On a New York City subway train, Stephan Stowe, 17, and a group of eight friends approached a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke aboard a subway train. “Assalamu Alaikum,” Stowe said to the man, using a common greeting among Muslims.
The man ignored Stowe, and he became combative. “You think you’re better than me?” the teen allegedly said. “We are cousins.” “No we’re not,” The man shot back, and told Stowe to leave him alone. The suspect then started hurling ethnic slurs and called the man disrespectful, according to court papers.
“I’m going to kill you right now,” Stowe said, according to cops and court records. He then swore at the man, according to cops and court records, and in an apparent reference to the Holocaust added, “They should have killed all of you.”
The man managed to grab his phone back from Stowe and ran to alert the conductor and at the next stop police were waiting for him. But Stowe would not go quietly, which is what initiated the chaos that can be seen in the video below.