NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man claims he was attacked by a group of teens because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
It happened at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday on Canal Street near Greene Street in Manhattan.READ MORE: New York State To Adopt New CDC Guidelines For Vaccinated People Starting This Wednesday, Cuomo Says
Jahangir Turan, 42, claims he was walking down the street when he was passed through a group of 15-18 people. He was wearing a MAGA hat.
“One girl flipped my hat, and then within five, eight seconds, I got pushed from the back and my face hit the scaffolding pole,” Turan said.
Turan said his attackers said were “chanting anti-Trump stuff.”
He crossed the street and called the police.READ MORE: Israel Pounds Gaza With Another Round Of Deadly Airstrikes
“That’s kind of ridiculous, to get beat up like this for wearing a hat,” he said. “I wanted to put it on my TV stand. I had no intentions of wearing it in New York City, because it’s dangerous to wear a hat like this in New York City.”
The attack left with him a fracture in his cheekbone.
Police say he refused medical attention at the scene.
“This is America, you know? Everybody has their right,” Turan said. “To wear a hat like this, this can happen to you. That’s sad.”MORE NEWS: NYC Adding 250 Officers To Subways As 24-Hour Service Resumes, Mayor Says
Turan hopes the NYPD will be able to make an arrest.