The Bronx attack on Timothy Tovar

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A white man who was punched in the face and ran into the street to avoid arrest was later released from hospital after becoming the victim of a racial and political backlash.

Timothy Tovar, 23, was charged with battery, but the case was later dismissed, according to the, after a review of surveillance video of the incident.

Police said Tovar was attacked by a group of men on Sunday night in the Bronx when his girlfriend became involved.

“I’m very angry. Very frustrated,” New York City police commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference on Wednesday. “It has caused a lot of hurt.”

The video, which was shown to the commissioner and the mayor, shows a group of people trying to assault the young man, who appears to try to fight them off with his fists. In the video, he is chased by a group of men, while one runs from his group and appears to hit him with a bottle. A second then punches him in the face and then he and his girlfriend run into a residential building.

The video then shows a second group of people attacking the young man as he lay on the ground. One man then puts his hand over his face and starts to punch him multiple times in the head.

A passerby sees what is happening and walks over to help the man. When police arrived on the scene, they arrested two of the five people seen in the video. One, a 20-year-old who was later identified as Tovar, was later released from hospital after he became the victim of an attempted hate crime on social media, according to the Dailymail.

The video was originally posted on Reddit, a website used to share articles and screenshots of user-generated content.

“The most likely explanation is that the attacker was either a stranger who mistakenly caught Mr Tovar in the act or someone who was aware of the victim’s identity and the nature of the attack,” according to the New York Times.

O’Neill told reporters that the city was “extremely shocked and disappointed” by the incident.

“I wish whoever did this would be brought to justice,” O’

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