Ali Kamara says he was attacked on Pine Place in Stapleton street by white men who piled out of a car yelling “Obama” shortly before the election was called at 11 p.m. The Staten Island Advance reports that Ralph Nicoletti and Bryan Garaventa (the latter of whom was shown by the Advance in St. Patrick’s Day face-paint) are charged with “second-degree assault, a hate crime, and criminal possession of a weapon.” The Feds are said to be mulling other charges against the two 18-year-olds.
Rewards totalling $16,600 had been put up for apprehension of the assailants, including $10,000 from Dr. Jim Wyne, an unsuccessful candidate this year for the Republican Congressional nomination in the 13th CD.
A friend of Nicoletti’s told NY1 she didn’t believe he was involved. “He’s looking to go into the Marines,” she said. “He’s not a bad kid.”
Eyes for Lies expressed skepticism of Kamara’s charges on November 7, saying the teen, who says he was hit in the leg, among other places, with a baseball bat, showed no sign of a limp in TV footage.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 15, 2008