A Train Passenger Will Be Trialed for Insulting Black Woman
NEW YORK — May 27, 2018
A New York train passenger called black woman a 'loud-mouthed monkey' in the train on the way home. He has been charged with a hate crime and could face a year in jail if convicted.
Edward Ruggiero, 58 year old, a Long Island resident was filmed yelling racial slurs. “Shut the f*** up, you f****** loud-mouthed monkey. At least I got a f****** mother. Do you know who your mother is? You don’t know who your mother or your father is because you’re a f****** monkey, that’s why"
It turned out Ruggiero didn't like that the woman went to the train, sat near him and began to talk loudly on the phone.
The charges against him include third-degree menacing as a hate crime, and second-degree aggravated harassment. He could face up to a year in jail, and/or a $1,000 fine.
He is being held pending before the trial.
“No one should be subjected to the vile words and intimidating actions the defendant is accused of tormenting the victim with,” said Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney. “Crimes of hate will never be tolerated here and when they do, regrettably occur, those responsible will be brought to justice.”
Mr Ruggiero's lawyer Joseph Donatelli, called Mr Ruggiero's language "unacceptable" but doesn't believe the video shows a hate crime.
“Of course he's sorry for what he says, he just, he lost himself on the train after her loudly speech,” Mr Donatelli said.
The incident occurred late last month on April 19. The victim explained “I didn't expect that kind of action from this man. I was just on the phone that moment. When I come on the train, I am sitting down to relax until I get off at my stop.”