By Geoffrey Croft
A 36-year-old freelance journalist was attacked last Monday, July 11th, filming homeless people in Tompkins Square Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
The victim told police he was video taping quality-of-life issues inside the park using his i-phone video for his blog.
He was filming a group in a homeless encampment and they asked him to stop around 10:50 p.m.
Two homeless men tackled him causing him to drop his phone. They punched him several times and they grabbed his phone, and broke it.
Police are trying to retrieve the video from the broken phone but the phone is in poor condition and is not backed up on a cloud.
No arrests have been made.
Yesterday two homeless people attacked a man in the park near the same location.
The victim was stabbed several times with a pair of scissors.
He was transported to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.