New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's comments illuminate the gravity of what happened last Thursday evening in Brooklyn. "I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the horrific attack," he said.
On Thursday evening, a little after 9 p.m., five teenage boys attacked and raped an 18-year-old woman in a playground in Brooklyn. Four of the teens have been arrested so far -- one 14-year-old, one 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds. The fifth boy is still at large.
With Her Father When Attacked
According to police, the woman was with her father when she was attacked. The teens used a gun against the father and made him leave. Then each of the five men raped the daughter. By the time the father came back with police, the teens were gone. The young woman was rushed to Kings County Hospital where she received treatment and was later released.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that, "Every New Yorker 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."
The community banded together to find and identify the attackers by offering a reward to those who came forward with information.
Community Leader Questions Whether Police Did Enough
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said that he wanted a full police investigation to identify everyone responsible for the attack, and also to evaluate whether authorities had done everything possible to protect the young woman at the center of the crime.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department, Stephen Davis, said that police did not delay in responding to the scene. He said that as soon as the victim's father approached a police cruiser on the street, officers immediately went to the scene where they found the victim.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also wants to know why police did not notify the public about the crime until Saturday evening, two days after the attack occurred. However, the police spokesperson said that authorities reached out to local community leaders on Friday.
The victim in this case will clearly have viable civil assault claims that she can make against her attackers. If police errors are identified, or lack of security issues at the public park came into play, then she might be able to bring claims against the local government as well.
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