Teen says he was beaten by 'Obama' haters

November 6, 2008 2:24:55 PM PST
A teen on Staten Island is recovering after being beaten on election night. The 17-year-old said four men screamed "Obama" at him, before beating him with a baseball bat.

It happened not far from his home in Stapleton.

The alleged victim Ali Kamara says "The first swing hit my head. I got staples on my head now.'

Ali Kamara was on cloud nine election night.

He had just found out Barack Obama was elected president.

The 17-year-old was walking home around 11 p.m. Tuesday night from a friend's home when he says four white men jumped out a gold car, kicked him and pounded him with baseball bats.

"I hopped over the fence. And I stayed there. I had to call an ambulance," he adds.

Ali hid in a neighbors backyard until the coast was clear.

He frantically called his mother on his smashed cell phone.

Victim's mom janeba ladepo says '"Iwas crying. I said oh God because of Obama I lose my only child," said the victim's mom Janeba Ladepo.

Ali's mother left work and rushed to the emergency room.

The Curtis high school student is in a lot of pain.

He walks with a limp and has severe headaches because of a concussion from the beating.

"Our hate crimes task force is investigating and treating this as a possible bias crime," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Ali is Muslim.

His family moved to the Stapleton section of Staten Island from Liberia in 2000.

Ali says his attackers only said 'Obama.'

He did not hear any other racial or religious slurs.

A national Islamic civil rights organization is calling for the FBI to investigate the assault.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Carolina Leid
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin

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