WANTED: NYPD releases video of possible Knicks-fan gay-bashers

The NYPD has released a video (below) of eight “persons of interest” regarding a suspected hate crime against two gay men walking by Madison Square Garden in New York City Sunday night, following a New York Knicks basketball game.

The gay men were holding hands, and suddenly were knocked to the ground and beaten by a group of Knicks fans yelling homophobic slurs.  A witness took a video with their phone.

Note how person of interest 8 is actually smiling moments after the attack (so are 2 and 7, below):

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I’ve grabbed screen shots of the eight Knicks fans who are wanted for questioning.  If you recognize any of them, contact the police:

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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