New York City, NY – Four suspects are on trial this week in a Manhattan court for brutally beating a man that reportedly culminated in a skull fracture. The video attack, which occurred at Essex and Rivington Streets, has just been released into the public domain. You can hear someone on the video shouting, “that’s good footage … I’ve got the footage.” A bystander who tried to break up the fight was punched in the face.
According to the New York Daily News,
“The three-minute tape of 37-year-old Kyam Washington being brutalized on a lower East Side street as drunken onlookers cheer is so violent that jurors in the trial were cautioned about the gore they would have to watch.
” ‘I need to warn you that the video you’re going to see in this case contains graphic disturbing footage of possibly the most prolonged and brutal assault that you have ever, or will ever, see,’ Assistant District Attorney Lucy Cutolo told the Manhattan Supreme Court panel on Jan. 8. “
The four suspects — one of whom is a woman — face charges of first-degree gang assault and first-degree assault and could receive up to 25 years in prison if convicted by a jury. They are from Yonkers, New York and, according to the Daily News, had been drinking at local bar while celebrating a friend’s birthday.
Lawyers for the suspects claim that the victim — who allegedly has a long rap sheet — started the fight by trying to rob one of the suspects.
Watch the video of the vicious beating that occurred in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 8, 2010: