Brooklyn, NY – Community leaders are calling for calm in the wake of a hachnasas sefer Torah in Borough Park that dissolved into chaos, leading to the arrest of one participant.
The incident took place at approximately 6 PM this evening.
Police said that they arrived on 16th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets to disburse a large crowd that had gathered on the street without a permit. According to the NYPD, one individual who was walking down the center of the roadway was taken into custody after becoming “combative” when asked to move to the sidewalk.
Numerous onlookers took out their cellphones and began filming as the NYPD attempted to restrain the man, whose name has not yet been released by police. Cell phone footage shows several police officers attempting to handcuff the unidentified man who refused to comply with their requests to put his hands behind his back, with onlookers screaming loudly at police.
Shmira head Levi Leifer said that he had been contacted by organizers of the hachnasas sefer Torah yesterday about the procession. Read more from VINnews here: http://bit.ly/2BZIhmS
NYPD told pedestrians to get off the streets so traffic can move freely. With 4 other Hachnosos sefer torah going on, Boro Park was at a standstill. Drivers were complaining they could not get home, pick up their kids, get to hospitals and other personal emergencies. What was shocking to everyone was hearing some people call NYPD officers, nazis, pigs, antisemites. Community leaders got to get their act together and condemn this cowardly behavior.
Witnesses tell GifterInGotham there was plenty of politics between Boro Park Shomrim and Shmira. Some 911 audio calls and videos that will not be posted corroborate some of the claims.
NYPD released Mr. Hershkowitz with a desk appearance ticket at 9:15 PM.