Thursday, November 4, 2010

Turk in Long Island, NY gets beaten with an American Flag

A retired NYPD cop and his sons beat a Long Island gas-station manager with American flags on Election Night, telling the Turkish immigrant to "get out of my country," authorities and witnesses said.

After he was clubbed in the face and chest and a flagpole was thrown at him, Yavuz Erdogan, 38 -- who became a citizen in March -- picked up the banner to fend off ex-cop Richard Vitale, he said.

Nassau cops stopped the battle at that point.

Vitale, sons Richard Jr. and Gregory, Christopher Makhmaltchi and Nicholas Lazarus were charged with assault. Vitale and Richard Jr. also face weapons charges -- for the flagpole.

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