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December 18, 2014 / 26 Kislev, 5775
 
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NYPD ‘Retraining’ Force After Grand Jury Clears Cop in Suspect Death

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Thousands blocked traffic around the city and more than a few clashed with New York City police in Times Square Thursday night following a grand jury decision not to indict an officer in the death of a man resisting arrest.  Hundreds also marched across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan into Brooklyn at around midnight.

At least 22,000 police officers are also heading for a three-day in-service retraining program after the grand jury spent six months hearing testimony and then cleared Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the case.

Staten Island resident Eric Gardner died after being “taken down” in a half-Nelson hold by a New York City police officer while resisting arrest. Gardner was illegally selling “loosies” – single cigarettes – on the street at the time. The incident was videotaped by a passerby.

Pantaleo and a number of others restrained Gardner and attempted to handcuff him even as he loudly told officers “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” Gardner was morbidly obese and had a history of asthma and a host of other medical conditions. He died while being “taken down” by the officer. The coroner’s report listed a number of reasons for his death, including those medical conditions — and the “take down,” which Pantaleo said he performed exactly as he was taught at Police Academy.

Within hours of the grand jury’s decision, thousands of protesters were in the streets. Hundreds were packed behind rows of barricades on the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue as revelers awaited the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Just a block away, on Sixth Avenue, police stood in riot gear, controlling an even bigger mob. More marched down the West Side Highway and blocked major arteries into the city.

On Thursday, thousands again came out to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan, chanting “I can’t breathe” and the mantra of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, “No justice, no peace.”

They marched across the Brooklyn Bridge carrying fake coffins while a second group demonstrated in Harlem and others blocked traffic near the Holland Tunnel, the Manhattan Bridge and on the West Side Highway.

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said the program was aimed at “changing how our officers talk, and how they listen to residents of our city.” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton joined DeBlasio at the podium, saying the training would be managed in a professional manner and would accomplish a long-awaited upgrade to the force.

Given the current wave of disturbances sweeping across the United States, it is odd the US is telling Israel how to manage its internal, defense and foreign relations with the Palestinian Authority or Gaza.

New York’s police “retraining” program is specifically intended to “build trust through respect” in the community, Deputy Police Commissioner Bill Tucker told reporters. The new slogan for the city’s force, he said, will be “Talk down, not take down.”

Among the skills the officers will be taught are “ways to communicate more effectively,” Tucker said, adding the officers will also learn to recognize the “notion of implicit bias.”

Nothing that city officials did, however, seemed to suffice: Some 25 “civil rights and social justice” organizers met at the National Action Alliance headquarters headed by Rev. Al Sharpton and announced a “March on Washington” set for Saturday, December 13, among other events in coming days.

 

After Har Nof: NYPD Increasing Security at NY Shuls

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The New York City Police Department has announced that it will increase its coverage of synagogues throughout the City.

This move by the NYPD is in response to the barbaric maiming and murders at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem yesterday, Nov. 18.

In that attack, two Israeli Arabs from a nearby Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem, stormed the synagogue during morning prayer services, hacking, slashing and shooting worshippers.

Four rabbis were murdered, three of whom were American and Israeli citizens, and the fourth was a British-Israeli. The fifth person murdered was a Druze police officer who arrived on the scene with his colleagues almost immediately after the carnage began.

NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton noted that in addition to increasing attention to synagogues and “other symbolic locations” around the City, the NYPD is closely following developments in Jerusalem and is working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further developments.

Man Charged in Manhattan Assault of Orthodox Couple

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

New York police have arrested a 23-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for assaulting an Orthodox Jewish couple in Manhattan this summer.

A police department spokesman confirmed to JTA that Mustafa Mashni was charged with assault, as first reported on the Jpupdates website.

The victims, in their 20s, were walking on the Upper East Side at approximately 8 p.m. Aug. 25 when several vehicles, including a motorcycle adorned with Palestinian flags, pulled up to them. The occupants yelled several anti-Semitic slurs, threw a bottle of water at the woman and punched the man in the head. Police believe he was targeted because he was wearing a kippa.

According to Jpupdates, Mashni told detectives with the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force that he had wanted to stop the confrontation when he approached the Jewish male but accidentally hit him in in the face.

Mashni had been arrested three times previously by New York Police, Jpupdates reported.

Jewish Lessons I Learned From The NYPD

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Several years ago I went through the New York City Police Academy to write a book called The Making of a Cop. Having long been curious about how ordinary civilians metamorphosed into polished police officers, I requested and obtained official permission from the New York Police Department to chronicle the arduous training process. I followed that book with The Making of a Detective, in which I shadowed a rookie detective learning how to solve crimes in the 75th precinct in East New York, Brooklyn.

In both settings – at the academy and at the precinct – I had the extraordinary opportunity to observe the actual inner workings of law enforcement training. Needless to say it was all quite fascinating, and when I finished I came away with a deep appreciation for the difficult job police officers have in maintaining law and order on the streets.

The police academy training ran for six months and recruits took courses in law, police science, and social science in addition to the gym classes and firearms training.

New York’s various ethnic groups were covered in social science; here, the recruits learned about the city’s Jewish community – the manual, for instance, discussed history, denominations, the Sabbath and festivals, etc.

Looking back on the training, however, it wasn’t from the ethnic classes that I derived practical information that could be of help to Jews but rather from other areas of the academy’s training.

While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives; indeed, anti-Semitism in recent times has become so rampant and malicious that perhaps it is at a higher level than at any time since the Holocaust. It is thus incumbent upon Jews, particularly those whose appearance manifestly evinces their religion, to take every precaution possible to ensure their safety.

Some of the common-sense lessons I learned at the academy can help us be more vigilant in our daily lives.

I learned to hone my observation skills. I began to pay attention to details I ordinarily wouldn’t have – facial features, hair, body marks, height, weight, race, clothing, bulges under clothing, suspicious behavior, things that seemed incongruous in a given environment.

On the first day of a police science class, where exercises and methods to improve powers of observation would be covered, the new recruits were given a slip of paper on their way out with homework instructions: write a detailed description of the person who sat to your right or left (little had anyone thought to pay attention to classmates on that first day).

A lieutenant-instructor at the academy told me that when he used to work undercover posing as a tourist shopping with bags, he would monitor stalkers behind him via their reflections in store windows (backup was nearby to arrest the stalkers if they tried to rob him). Like police officers who pay attention to minute details of people, places, and things and try to be aware of everything around them, we Jews might likewise do the same, and report anything suspicious.

I learned never to let my guard down. At the academy they tell you complacency is the enemy of the police officer. You have to be alert and observant at all times because the moment you relax is when you jeopardize your safety and possibly the safety of others. Jews shouldn’t let their guard down just because they’re in comfortable settings. In fact, we know, all too sadly, that Jew-haters like to carry out their malevolence in Jewish venues. Anti-Semitic attacks can happen anytime, anywhere, and when you least expect it.

Haredi Grandfather from London Assaulted In NY

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A 65-year-old Haredi Orthodox man from London visiting New York for his grandson’s wedding was attacked early Tuesday morning in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park as he left the wedding reception.

The attackers smashed their victim’s face into the sidewalk, and he was treated at a local hospital for a split lip and chipped tooth.

Nothing was stolen, indicating the man was a victim of “knockout punch” attackers, but New York police and a Brooklyn councilman differ on whether that was the case.

A spate of knockout attacks in New York in recent months appeared to target identifiably Jewish people. Other incidents have occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., as well as other states.

“Simply put, there is no place for this type of heinous behavior in our city, as nobody should be afraid to walk the streets of their community at any time of day or night,” New York City Councilman David Greenfield, who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement. Greenfield believes it was a knockout attack.

New York police are not calling it a knockout attack because the victim was not punched as they were in previous attacks, according to the New York Daily News.

NYPD Top Cop’s Wife to Use Her TV Status to Help Him

Monday, January 20th, 2014

New York City has another husband-and-wife team helping to run the city with the disclosure that Rikki Klieman, the wife of Police Chief Bill Bratton, plans to go to community meetings with him and will use her connections through her appearance on CBS as a legal analyst to his advantage.

The husband and wife duo, reported by The New York Daily News, follows the Bill and Chirlane act of Mayor Bill deBlasio, formerly known as William Wilhelm Jr. and later as Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm. His wife Chirlane McCray wants her own office inside City Hall , complete with her own staff.

Police Chief Bratton’s wife is a former trial lawyer and insists her connections will help Bratton’s attempts to improve relations with the city’s black community.

Reward Increased in Search for Menachem Stark’s Killers

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The family of murdered Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark has contributed $50,000 to what is now a total reward to $72,000 for information leading to the killer of the Satmar Hasidic real estate developer. The New York Police offered $20,000 and the NYPD Crime Stoppers program pitched in with $2,000.

“We have increased the reward in the hopes that anyone and everyone who knows anything comes forward,” Rabbi David Niederman, executive director of United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, the central planning and social service agency for more than 200 organizations in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, said in a statement, “There are seven orphans in Brooklyn, and a loving grieving wife – and we hope and pray there will be justice. We thank the law enforcement community for their hard work, and echo Commissioner Bratton’s call for the public’s assistance in solving this case.”

Stark’s body was found last Friday on suburban Long Island some 16 miles away from his office in the heavily Satmar section of Williamsburg, from where he was kidnapped the previous evening. He reportedly was suffocated before his body was placed in the dumpster outside a Great Neck gas station and burned, according to police.

Video footage taken from his office showed Stark being taken into a van after a struggle outside his office.

Police on Wednesday released a surveillance video showing a suspect in the kidnapping and believe Stark may have been squashed to death when kidnappers sat on his chest to subdue him after he was abducted.

Police also believe Stark, 39, was already dead when his body was set alight in a dumpster.

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