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Man Convicted In 1990s NYC Race Riots Stabbed

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Police say a black man convicted in the death of a white Jewish scholar during race riots in New York City in the 1990s has been stabbed in the head with an ice pick. Lemrick Nelson was found outside his car on a Manhattan street Sunday. He's hospitalized. Police have made no arrests. The riots were in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. They were sparked by the death of a black boy in an August 1991 accident involving a driver from the Orthodox Jewish community.

A mob of irate blacks yelling "Get the Jew!" descended on Yankel Rosenbaum and stabbed him four times. Nelson was 16 at the time. Years later he was convicted of federal civil rights charges in the death of Rosenbaum, who'd been visiting from Australia. He was released from prison in 2004.

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