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: Gabby Petito's Tragic Death Prompts Broader Discussion About Toxic Relationships
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: NYPD: 5 People Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In Upper Manhattan
“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: Prisoner Escapes From Custody At Bellevue Hospital
Turan hopes the NYPD will be able to make an arrest.