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Jaywalking Charges Dropped Against 84-Year-Old Man

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The Manhattan district attorney's office has dropped charges against the 84-year-old man who said he was hurt while police tried to ticket him for jaywalking.

The Justice for Kang Wong Committee welcomed the decision.

They said Wong doesn't speak English and didn't know what was going on.

They argued that there was no notice given to the community of the sudden change in police practices to enforce jaywalking.

The incident happened January 19 as Wong was crossing the street near Broadway and West 96th Street after a spate of deadly pedestrian accidents in the area.

Wong was hospitalized and bleeding from the head after police allegedly pushed him against a wall, beat him and threw him to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness.

He filed a claim against the city for $5 million in damages.

His family says they're requesting a meeting with the police commissioner to discuss a policy for police encounters with non-English speakers.

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