Man Convicted In 1990s NYC Race Riots Is Stabbed

NEW YORK (AP) — A black man convicted in the death of a white Jewish scholar during race riots in the 1990s has been stabbed in the head with an ice pick in a possible road rage attack, police say.Lemrick Nelson was found outside his car on a Manhattan street early Sunday and was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police had made no arrests.

Nelson was a central figure in the rioting that tore through Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood in 1991, stoked by tensions between the Jewish and black communities living side by side.

The riots began Aug. 19 of that year after a 7-year-old black boy, Gavin Cato, was struck and killed by a driver belonging to the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitch community. Three hours later, a gang of angry blacks shouting “Get the Jew!” descended on and fatally stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum, who was visiting from Australia. For more than two days, blacks looted stores, burned police cars and hurled bottles in the neighborhood.

Nelson, who was 16 at the time, was acquitted of state murder charges but was convicted of federal civil rights charges after Rosenbaum’s death. An appeals court later overturned the federal conviction, saying the judge had tampered with the racial makeup of the jury.

In 2003, a new jury found Nelson guilty of violating Rosenbaum’s civil rights. Nelson was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was released within a year because of time he had already served.

Nelson’s defense lawyers didn’t deny he had stabbed Rosenbaum, who was 29. Instead, they contended the slaying had nothing to do with the fact Rosenbaum was Jewish — a key element needed for a conviction.

Nelson, now 35, was on probation for three years. He has been living in New Jersey.

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  • nomoremosqueinnyc

    the murderer got a pick in his head. but he should be dead if justice is to be served.

  • Nicola101

    Its a win win situation for all involved huh no2mosqe?

    • Eric

      you don’t sound any brighter than him

  • no2mosque

    This brings me back to my point I have been trying to make for a while now.
    Whites go back to Europe take the Slaves descendants back to Africa. Give Texas back to Mexico. burn the Hajjis in hell where they belong for the 9/11 attacks and give America back to the Native Americans. That is the way it should be.

  • Eric

    that nelson was not convicted of murder as a hate crime is proof of racism in the justice system. we see the same thing today with obama and holder’s DOJ not doing anything against the racist black panthers or the racist jiadists. what goes around does come around, and sharpton’s day of reckoning for his racism is nigh. nelson didn’t deserve an icepick in the head; he deserved to be hanged until dead for murder.

  • Kreator

    People who say an eye for an eye is childish, usually change their mind on that when it hits close to home and someone hurts them or someone close to them. Just saying..

  • lee jones

    typical blacks

    • Jas1

      And you should be so proud of yourself.. After all you enslaved us for over 250 years, and denied us civil rights for another 150. Not to mention the discrimination and prejudice that goes on at your hands even to this very day. If there is justice in heaven you’re in for a big surprise. Oh, did I forget to mention how your kind has terrorized and brutalized every other country on the planet, while you stole the resources from the people. Or the fact that you’re responsible for Global warming, most pollutants and also every major war we ever had. You must be so proud!

      • dave

        you are talking about the blacks? we are still enslaved by them. look who is destroying our country: obama.

      • ron

        your talking to the blacks or the jews or the whites Im confused.

  • Ms.Brooklyn

    It shouldnt matter if he was working or not, it was an unfortunite situation he got himself into as a minor and im not excusing it not one bit but we as adults shouldnt look at this in such a manner….an eye for an eye is just childish

  • Imthatguy

    What goes around, comes around

  • frank

    Living a quiet family life yet being in a car at 2am. Without the family. Was he working? Probably not. Karma strikes again!!!!

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