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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.

NY Arrests 2 in Plot to Help Taliban ‘Cut US Soldiers to Pieces’

Friday, October 11th, 2013

New York City police have arrested two local Muslim citizens for allegedly trying to buy equipment to help Taliban terrorists “cut U.S. soldiers to pieces.”

The arrests follow a two-year investigation, leaving unanswered questions why it took so long to arrest the men and why federal authorities did not intervene.

The men, Humayoun Nabi, 27, and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, each are being held on $550,000 on charges of conspiracy and seeking to aid terrorists. There were hauled into Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday but the announcement of the arrest was delayed until Thursday because law enforcement officials wanted  to protect their undercover sources and look for additional suspects.

Authorities said the men were not involved with any plots to terrorize New York City but that their scheme, if carried out, would have been a “game changer,” court records revealed.

Nabi is a college-trained renovator with no criminal record and was a victim of police undercover agents’ tricks to arrest him for innocent actions, such as agreeing to “to send shows and coats to Afghanistan,” according to Nabi’s attorney Kenneth Finkelman.

He added, “For 18 months, for two years, the NYPD was trying to convince a guy with a wife and a child to send shoes and coats to Afghanistan. It’s totally entrapment.”

The charge sheet  states that Nabi and Alsarabbi plotted to send military equipment, including boots, to Taliban terrorists.

Alsarabbi’s attorney Sean McNicholas called the prosecution “outrageous” and accused the government of using a “a very common tactic…where they play on our fears and…use a confidential informant.”

The investigation began two years ago after Nabi met a police informant through a mutual acquaintance and talked about his hatred for the United States, Jews and American soldiers.

“The source of the Americans’ strength is their equipment, specifically good jackets, good goggles, good GPS,” Nabi told an undercover agent in December 2011. In another conversation, two weeks after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden, Nabi allegedly said, “We are sitting here breathing in peace, eating chicken and roasts and our brothers, they are dying.”

Nabi  allegedly admitted to police he planned to provide clothes and boots to terrorists in Afghanistan to “level the playing field” in battles with U.S. soldiers. He was reported as saying he wanted to build “ a small army.”

He  also told agents he ultimately wanted to provide persons to Taliban terrorists but for the time being concentrated on funding clothing and electronics.

The police informant gave Nabi a $3,900 check, and Alsarabbi allegedly told his cohort to send the money to Nabi’s father in Pakistan.

NYPD Investigated Kahane Chai for threats against Rabbi Boteach

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The New York Police Department several years investigated Kahane Chai, a militant Jewish group, for threats against Rabbi Shmuley Boteach but never told him, according to internal NYPD documents obtained by the Tablet website.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) asked the NYPD’s intelligence division to monitor the group in the late 2000s after anti-Boteach comments were posted on Kahane.org,

“He commits incessant chilluley hashem and for that imho deserves death,” a website moderator on Kahane.org wrote in 2007, using the online name Doom777. “Someone shoot Shmuley Boteach,” the individual wrote a year later.

The NYPD launched a Terrorism Enterprise Investigation into the postings, enabling it to use informants and undercover officers to monitor Kahane Chai, which the State Department designated as a terrorist group in 1994. The NYPD’s investigation appears to have focused on web postings and online forums rather than infiltration of Kahanist groups, Tablet reported.

Boteach, a celebrity rabbi who wrote “Kosher Sex” and ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year from New Jersey, told Tablet that he was never informed of the threats.

Nobody appears to have been charged in connection with the online postings, according to the documents.

NY City Comptroller Candidate Kristin Davis Arrested

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Police have arrested New York City Comptroller Kristin Davis, a former madam who supplied prostitutes through an escort service, on charges of selling prescription pills containing controlled substances.

Davis, 38, is accused of selling hundreds of pills, as recently as this past April, with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. She was charged with four counts of distributing, and she could be convicted for up to 20 years in jail on each count.

Davis has said that former governor and current comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer was one of her clients.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ny-city-comptroller-candidate-kristin-davis-arrested/2013/08/06/

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