New York residents and politicians are raging against the rapists that attacks a teenage girl and her father in a Brownsville playground on Thursday.
At around 9 p.m. on Thursday, an 18-year-old girl and her father were at the Osborn Playground in Brownsville, New York, when they were approached by five men.
According to the New York Police Department, the men pulled a gun on the pair and told the father to leave. When they were able to chase the father off, they set upon the girl and each of the five men raped her.
The rapists fled when the girl’s father returned with two uniformed members of the New York Police Department.
The victim was taken to Kings County hospital. She was found to have cuts on her arms, neck, and knees, according to New York Police Department spokeswoman, Arlene Muniz. The victim was treated and released.
“It’s really really disturbing to me,” the anonymous victim told CBS2. “These are memories that won’t go away.”
The New York Police Department released a surveillance video to the public through Twitter earlier today.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told ABC News that he was disgusted by the crime and that authorities were going to do everything in their power to apprehend the rapists.
“I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the horrific attack that took place in Brownsville yesterday evening. We will take every step possible to find and swifty prosecute the assailants of this vicious crime. Every New York resident in every neighborhood deserves to feel safe and protected, and we will not stop until the perpetrators of this disturbing attack are held accountable for their actions. This administration has zero tolerance for sexual attacks, and we will work to ensure a crime of this nature never happens again.”
The New York City mayor was not the only one to speak out against the rape.
Although the press release stated that the girl’s father “returned a short time later” with the New York police officers some people, including the borough president for Brooklyn, New York, Eric Adams, believe the officers may have responded much slower than reported.
“They have enough time to do that [and] to leave the scene?” Adams asked, according to the New York Daily News. “That’s a substantial amount of time. Every minute in a rape is a lifetime.”
Adams is the borough president now, but he was once a New York Police Department captain. He has a lot of experience with police issues, such as response time.
“We need to listen to the 911 call,” Adams continued. “We need to find out…the response time from the time it was reported. This baffles all my police experience. Something is missing.”
Adams didn’t only speak out against the response time of the New York Police Department. He also found issue with how long it took for the details of the attack to be released to the public.
The attack wasn’t publicized until Saturday, two days after the rape occurred.
“Something is not right,” Adams explained. “The community needs to be notified immediately when we have such a savage attack with a handgun and a rape.”
In the meantime, the New York Police Department is still looking for the rapists and are asking the community for help.
Activists are urging residents of Brooklyn, New York, to take that request for help seriously.
“Get up, get outraged, and identify these individuals that we see in the video that’s being provided by the [New York Police Department],” activist Tony Herbert told 1010 WINS.
If you have any information call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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