Updated 07/10/2010 05:18 PM
Bias Attack Victim Denounces Wave Of Alleged S.I. Hate Crimes
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One of the victims of Staten Island's recent string of hate crimes broke his silence Saturday in an interview with NY1, and called on city police to make the Port Richmond community safer.
Alejandro Galindo, seen above, said he was attacked last month by three men yelling anti-Mexican slurs on Forest Avenue in Port Richmond.
New York City Police Department officials said their Hate Crimes Task Force is currently investigating five possible bias attacks that took place against Mexican immigrants in Port Richmond since April.
Galindo said he wants police to catch his attackers and step up patrols in the area.
"If the police and authorities don't do anything to help the community, this is not going to stop. This is like a war," said Galindo through an interpreter.
Galindo said he was walking home from an area restaurant where he works, when he was approached by the three men. One of them allegedly punched Galindo in the face.
The Mexican immigrant waited to report the incident until police say his daughters found in him bed with blood in and around his right eye.
Galindo was taken to Richmond University Medical Center's surgical intensive care unit, where he was given 10 stitches above his right eye.
Weeks later, Galindo said he still has pain on the side where he was punched and blurry vision, and he said on Saturday that he may need further surgery because he has blood on his brain.
"I don't want to remember what happened to me. It's very hard for me, I was traumatized....," said Galindo through an interpreter. "I'm still not doing well. I'm asking God to help me recover to where I was before."
The five attacks' victims and their families were very worried about the possibility that more assaults could occur.
"It seems as if we are living in a comedy or a movie that repeats and repeats and you're looking at it. I want all of this to stop," said Blanca Galindo, Alejandro's daughter, through an interpreter.
The Department of Justice has also been looking into the situation on Staten Island after all of the recent attacks. It has been partnering with community groups that are trying to educate immigrants and Latinos about their rights.
DOJ officials are hosting a public town hall meeting regarding the attacks on Thursday, July 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Catholic Youth Organization Center on Anderson Avenue in Port Richmond.