Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY – Tensions are high in Crown Heights, between the Jewish community leaders and the local NYPD brass over charges that there's been a spike in bias beatings of Jews and police are ignoring it.
"The Police Department has been downgrading racial instances in our community to robberies, rather than addressing the true origin of the crime," charged Jewish Leadership Council President Barry Sugar.
But Police Department sources said that a faction within the CH Jewish community seeks to oust the 71st Precinct's commanding officer, Inspector Frank Vega.
In the most recent incident, 16-year-old Samuel Balkany was beaten by five black youths Jan. 18, as they shouted "Oh, little Jew boy, you think you own this neighborhood," and "Who are you, f—ing Jew?"
"It's gotten more blatant and more vicious in the past year and there hasn't been a response," the teen added.
Another Jewish man said, he was also the victim of a hate-crime beating that was ignored by the cops.
"I was on my way home and a man approached me and he started yelling, "F—ing Jew. Dirty Jew. I'm gonna finish what Hitler started," said Moshe Kozlovsky, 20, saying he was knocked unconscious but that nothing was stolen from him.
Kozlovsky said cops lost the police report and had to let the suspect go free after arresting him.
But an NYPD spokesman said possible hate crimes were always thoroughly investigated. "The NYPD takes all hate crime seriously, and our record shows it," said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.
Sugar, however, said that those concerns have fallen on deaf ears. He said Vega filibustered a community council meeting, which resulted in a walkout of more than 200 Jews after about an hour.
"It was very obvious his intent was not to allow anybody in the Jewish community to voice their frustrations," he said. "He usually only talks for about 10 minutes – not an hour."
But precinct Community Council President Carl Cohen, who was also present, said Sugar misunderstood the proceedings.
"The inspector was giving a year-end speech, which takes longer. I think that [Sugar] probably reacted a little too soon," Cohen said. "After he left, the inspector was taking questions, and he even asked if Mr. Sugar is still here."[nydailynews – VIN News]