Hasidic Men Who Beat Gay Black Man Get Probation, Community Service Nadirah Simmons August 18, 2016 Hip Hop Community News, Hip Hop Culture | Hip Hop Arts and Lifestyle On Tuesday, August 16, a Brooklyn judge sentenced two members of the Orthodox neighborhood watchdog group Shomrim to three years probation and 150 hours community service for the brutal beating of a gay black man. Pinchas Braver, 22, and Abraham Winkler, 42, yelled anti-gay slurs before they attacked Taj Patterson outside of Williamsburg in 2013. The beating left Patterson with a broken orbital socket and torn retina, and he remains blind in the left eye. SOURCE: NYPost/Taj Patterson following his attack. Braver and Winkler were the only two out of the group of five men who admitted guilt, and will have to pay $1,400 in restitution to Patterson and serve their community service hours in a “culturally diverse neighborhood.” Two other men had their cases dropped, while a third—Mayer Herskovic—begins his trial next week. Patterson said his attackers were given “favorable and preferential treatment” by the NYPD following his assault, and has filed a federal lawsuit against both the city and the NYPD for an unspecified amount.