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Hate Crimes Task Force Investigating Latest Anti-Semitic Attack In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The NYPD are looking for the man behind another violent attack in Brooklyn.

The incident marks the latest in a disturbing trend. It's another violent attack on a Jewish person that the NYPD is investigating as a hate crime.

Police say it happened Saturday around 1 p.m. in front of 545 Broadway in Williamsburg.

The 42-year-old victim was punched in the face by a person he did not know who was shouting anti-Jewish slurs at him.

The attacker ran off.

It is just the latest in an alarming number of such incidents, some captured on video.

The NYPD has reported a 67 percent increase in hate crimes since the beginning of the year: 145 incidents compared to 87 for the first four months of 2018. Eighty two of the 2019 incidents were anti-Semitic - an 82 percent increase.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has now directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation into the most recent attack.

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