NEW YORK (VINnews) — Heshy Tischler was arrested Sunday night, soon after Yom Tov concluded.
Tischler’s arrest comes following his announcement on Friday that he was informed by the NYPD that he would in fact be able to turn himself in on Monday.
Hundreds of Orthodox Jews rallied in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood on several nights this past week to protest the restrictions.
The official Twitter account of the NYPD tweeted the following out:
The New York City Police Department Warrant Squad has taken Harold “Heshy” Tischler into custody. He will be charged with inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist that took place on October 7, 2020 in Brooklyn.
The New York City Police Department Warrant Squad has taken Harold "Heshy" Tischler into custody. He will be charged with inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist that took place on October 7, 2020 in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/cLkfcBpZUu
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 12, 2020
One of the organizers of those demonstrations, Heshy Tischler, said Friday on social media that he had agreed to surrender to police next week amid allegations that he had instigated an attack on an Orthodox Jewish journalist during the protests.
See the videos below of Tischler getting arrested.
A federal judge refused Friday to block New York’s plan to temporarily limit the size of religious gatherings in COVID-19 hot spots.
U.S. District Judge Judge Kiyo Matsumoto issued the ruling after an emergency hearing in a lawsuit brought by rabbis and synagogues, arguing the restrictions were unconstitutional. They had sought to have enforcement delayed until at least after Jewish holy days this weekend.
The rules limit indoor prayer services to 10 people in areas where the virus is spreading fastest. In other areas within hot spots, indoor religious services are capped at 25 people.
The restrictions apply in six designated areas in parts of New York City, Rockland and Orange counties, and part of Binghamton. Nonessential businesses and schools have also been shut down in some of those areas.
Ruling from the bench, the judge said the state had an interest in protecting public safety.