Man claims he was assaulted in NYC for wearing Trump 'MAGA' hat
A New York man claims he was assaulted by a group of about "15 youths" walking in Chinatown Tuesday while wearing one of President Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats.
Jahangir Turan, 42, told NYPD officers he was walking along Canal Street on his way to dinner around 7 p.m. when he was assaulted by a large group of teenagers who were yelling "F*** Trump!" WCBS reports.
"One girl flipped my hat, and then within five, eight seconds, I got pushed from the back and my face hit the scaffolding pole," he recalled.
Turan, who owns a Manhattan art gallery, suffered an orbital floor fracture to a bone in his left eye, he told New York Daily News.
Although the NYPD confirmed it is investigating the incident, responding police officers were not able to make any arrests, as the victim could not give a description of his attackers.
"It happened too quick. I didn’t have time to think," Turan told the Daily News. "The cops were like, 'Can you ID them?' And I couldn't. It was just this guy being a punk. It's almost like he just did it because all his boys were there."
At least two police sources have expressed skepticism over Turan's account of the story, saying they believe the injury may have resulted from a fight between the victim and one other person.
Turan told WCBS he is dissatisfied with police efforts to make an arrest in the case, adding he won't be wearing his MAGA hat again in Manhattan.
"It's dangerous to wear a hat like this in New York City," he told the station. "This is America, you know? Everybody has their right. To wear a hat like this, this can happen to you. That's sad."
In 2017, a bar patron named Greg Piatek was asked to leave the Happiest Hour in New York City because he was wearing a MAGA hat, Newsweek reports.
Piatek attempted to sue the business for discrimination, claiming he was a member of a protected class based upon his creed because, as he put it, the red cap was representative of a set of "closely held spiritual aspirations and convictions that entirely transcend the political realm."
A judge dismissed his case.
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