Riot in Brooklyn
Cop injured in riot
Arrest Sets Off a Protest by Orthodox Jews
By JENNIFER 8. LEE
Published: April 5, 2006
A routine traffic stop of a 75-year-old Hasidic driver in Brooklyn escalated into a protest last night by hundreds of Orthodox Jews, who surrounded a police station house, chanted "No justice no peace," lighted bonfires and set a police car afire. The driver and two other men were arrested, but no serious injuries were reported.
The police said the situation began around 6:30 p.m. when officers pulled over the man, identified by neighbors as Arthur Schick, for talking on his cellphone while driving on 16th Avenue at 47th Street in Borough Park.
The driver became uncooperative and was arrested, the police said. As he was being put into a police van, two other men tried to intervene and were also arrested.
Residents of the neighborhood said Mr. Schick is known to be deaf in one ear. Many said they suspected that he did not hear the police officers' requests for his license and registration when they first stopped his car.
Witnesses said the police were unnecessarily rough with an elderly man. "Arthur had stepped out of his car, and was pushed by police officers against the car and put in a hand-lock behind his back," said Sariel Widawsky, 49, a co-owner of Schick's bakery, formerly owned by Mr. Schick's family, who said he saw the arrest. "People saw what the police were doing to a 70-to-80-year-old man and starting screaming at police to leave him alone."
"They literally threw him down into the van," Mr. Widawsky said. "He fell on the first step. They picked him up and manhandled him into the van."
You know, as a New York Jew, I am sick of some of these guy's antics. They yell "Gestapo" at the police when they're doing their jobs, but then the same community whines like little bitches that they don't get enough police presence if something bad happens. And you know what? I GO to a synagogue run by Lubavitchers (it's a mixed denomination varbrangin), and sometimes getting that crew to realize that things like building codes and not talking on your fucking cell phone while driving laws apply to them also.
posted by Steve @ 2:58:00 PM