Video Showing Essex Street Beatdown from 2010 Surfaces During Trial [VIDEO]
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The early morning of May 8, 2010; 4am. Four boozed-up friends from Yonkers – Andrew McCray, Martrell Terell, Christopher Montanez and Shadia Brackman – leave Libation on Ludlow and stroll eastward. They then allegedly beat the shit out of Kyam Washington at the corner of Essex and Rivington Streets. Outside the long-gone Mason Dixon. The victim sustains critical injuries, including a fractured skull and permanent hearing loss.
Much of the incident was caught on tape, shown publicly during the gang assualt trial. The defendants maintain that Washington started the melee by snatching McCray’s chain, and that the victim had his own violent crew. Washington, an ex-convict, did not testify. Jurors are amidst deliberations, which began last Thursday. The Yonkers posse may face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on charges of first-degree gang assault and first-degree assault.
The Daily News released the graphic video footage yesterday, portraying a helpless Washington being pummeled into submission while drunken onlookers cheer. It’s pretty explicit, so fair warning.
In the years since, the saturation situation on Essex has arguably worsened. Crowds continue to flock here, a street that seemingly alleviates the terrible situation in the heart of Hell Square. Nowhere is safe.