New York – Disagreeing With DA, Cuomo Classifies Recent Brooklyn Attacks As Bias Crimes, Calls In NYSP Hate Crimes Unit To Investigate

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    New York – While Brooklyn District Attorney’s office may have dropped hate crime charges against the car service driver who beat a 62 year old Chasidic man just seconds after nearly running down another Chasidic man with his car on Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be taking a different view of things, vowing to fight anti-Semitism in a recent tweet.

    The governor’s tweet comes just hours after a press conference was convened today by City Councilman Chaim Deutsch at One Police Plaza, with members of the City Council, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and community leaders pledging to speak out against anti-Semitic acts as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2ymdzSm).

    Cuomo linked his tweet to a news story on two attacks on Jewish men that took place on Sunday and Monday, a move that cast both incidents as anti-Semitic.

    In addition to Sunday’s beating in Borough Park, a 26 year old Chasidic man was beaten with a tree branch in Crown Heights on Monday, sustaining injuries to his back and shoulder.

    Police said that 18 year old Shervy Taylor of Canarsie was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime and possession of a weapon.

    “Hate has no place in New York,” tweeted the governor. “I am directing the @NYSPolice Hate Crimes Unit to monitor these anti-Semitic incidents as well as all acts of bias and work with local law enforcement to ensure those responsible are held to account.”

    Despite dropping the hate charges against Farrukh Afzal in Sunday’s attack, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez released a statement today saying that if further investigation proves that the car service driver was motivated by bias, the charges would be upgraded.

    “Crimes of violence directed at individuals because of their race or religion will never be tolerated in Brooklyn, and I am committed to protecting every community and holding perpetrators of these crimes accountable,” said Gonzalez.

    “The alleged assault committed by defendant Farrukh Afzal and captured on videotape was violent and unprovoked. We have already charged the defendant with a felony based on the evidence that was available immediately after the incident, and we are continuing to gather evidence and speak to witnesses to determine if additional charges should be added.”

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    10 COMMENTS

    1. More politics. This governor has done more to damage Jews than many of his predecessors. This is a slap to the face of the mayor who is trying to hide this. Cuomo doesn’t care a bit about our population. He will beg for our votes, but that’s all. This is not about us. It’s about his feud with the mayor. I’m not fooled.

    2. The BP incident was a crime, but not a HATE crime, plain and simple. The guy was off his meds and he took offense to some random passerby (apparently in Chasidic garb) touching his car. So he went after the wrong guy that was dressed similarly. He didn’t assault the guy because of his Chasidic garb; he assaulted the guy because of mistaken identity.
      Let’s not overplay the Hate Crime / Anti-Semitism card.

      • Wrong. I cannot weigh in on the psychiatric piece. But screaming allah and anti-Jewish words during a beating is a hate crime. The only way to consider it anything else would be to recognize that this was Muslim on Jew, and call it an act of terror. The Jew victim was not random, and his own words prove that. Try again.

        • Wrong. The victim was not SELECTED because he was a Jew. He was selected because he LOOOKED LIKE somebody else that pissed off the aggressor. The fact that he through in invectives about the victims religion does not necessarily mean that he chose the victim BECAUSE he was part of that religion. And that’s an important distinction.
          Here is a snippet of the NYS law:
          “Hate crimes”, victims are intentionally
          selected, in whole or in part, because of their race, color, national
          origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability
          or sexual orientation.

    3. If he’d been busy watching the Flinstones in his spare time, Barney and Wilma would have come out of his mouth. Instead, hate spurred forth from it, ckearling showing what he’s attracted to and to what ideals he allots his time.

    4. Why doesn’t anyone talk about the bubblehead judge Ruchie Frier for setting a ridiculously low bail for this monster. Where are all the Rabbonim that supported this incompetent for judge. Shouldn’t they speak out?

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