If you’ve followed BGLH for a while, you know that Cipriana was a contributing writer for us in 2011 and 2012, and is popularly known in the natural hair community as a protective styling guru. Unfortunately she’s taken on another title — the significant other of the victim of a possible hate crime.
On May 27 Cipriana’s boyfriend was on his way home from his job as a bartender when he and his twin brother were brutally attacked by a group of 10 to 11 white and Indian men. The attack occurred on the Lower East Side of Manhattan around 4 a.m. Despite making clear that they did not want to fight, Cipriana’s boyfriend and twin brother were repeatedly punched and kicked, often times in the head.
Here is a photo of the injuries her boyfriend sustained.
After the attack was reported, according to Cipriana, the NYPD closed the case. Cipriana took it upon herself to canvas the scene, speak to witnesses and obtain security footage from a nearby business.
The security footage is below. The video is 55 minutes long, because Cipriana breaks down the timeline of the attack and the police response. You can forward to 4:04 to see the actual attack. Note: the footage is very disturbing.
According to Cipriana, the New York Police Department only re-opened the case after hearing that she had obtained security footage and distributed it to Fox 5 NY. The New York Post has also reported on the case.
To keep pressure on the New York Police Department, she has started a Change.org petition that you can sign here. You can also read Cipriana’s coverage of the attack on her blog here, here, here, here and here.
Our hearts go out to Cipriana during this difficult time. We hope and pray the NYPD fully investigates the crime and brings the perpetrators to justice.
To put a face to the victims, here are some photos of Cipriana’s boyfriend and his twin brother.