New York Cops Beat Guest of Jewish Learning Center, Then Charge Him With Assault

Last week, responding to an anonymous tip about a homeless man sleeping at a Jewish learning center in Brooklyn, police beat Ehud Halevy because he refused to leave, saying he had permission to be there. That turned out to be true. In any case, it is clear from the security camera footage, which was posted by Crown Heights Info on Sunday, that the police were the aggressors. The Raw Story's Stephen Webster describes the one-sided fight this way:

When the officers attempted to force his exit from the building, ignoring his claims that he was allowed to be there, Halevy resisted. That’s when one of the officers flew into a rage, putting his fists up like a boxer and launching a flurry of punches.

As the video rolled, Halevy sustained repeated blows from the male officer while a female officer stood by hitting him with a club, then pepper-spraying him. Finally, an upwards of 10 officers ran into the building to ensure the man could not resist any further, and he was taken away.

At a press conference on Monday, Rabbi Moshe Feigli, director of the Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults (ALIYA), where Halevy had been sleeping on a couch for a month, said:

This person had permission to be there. Regardless, the behavior of the police department—of two individuals —is beyond comprehension. A very sad moment for me personally. I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter, but this behavior is unconscionable, and if not for the video camera to record what happened, we might actually believe that Ehud attacked the police officers, and he never did. He’s charged with felonies, he's charged with all kinds of crimes, and now I wonder how many other times New Yorkers are charged with serious crimes and there's no video camera to tell the story.

Crown Heights Info reports that Halevy was charged with assaulting a police officer, a felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, plus trespassing, resisting arrest, and harassment. Watch the video and judge for yourself who is harassing and assaulting whom. Feigli, Webster reports, "demanded that the New York Police Department identify the offending officers and fire them immediately."

[Thanks to Richard Cowan for the tip.]

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  • Restoras||

    Fuck you, Pigs.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Viewing the video, I am wondering how the building was able to sustain that severe of a sudden dynamic load when the backup arrived.

  • Ryan60657||

    Looks like their average weight is 270 pounds or so.

  • Mensan||

    My first thought as well. Are there any NYPD cops who aren't lard-asses?

  • tarran||

    I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter, but this behavior is unconscionable,

    Wow! He still supports the vicious street gang. Fucking unbelievable.

  • Restoras||

    What choice does he have? If he condemns them do you think they'll show up when called upon to, you know, do thier fucking actual jobs?

    Hint: The NYPD has Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect emblazoned on their squad cars. That is the behavior expected of the public towards the cops, not the cops toward the public.

  • tarran||

    He's a fucking Rabbi! They are supposed to be moral leaders.

  • SugarFree||

    Moral superiority is cold comfort when you have a head wound.

    I wouldn't speak out against His Royal Majesty Bloomburg The Douchtastic either. The King's Men are everywhere.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Having them show up is a liability. I would say fuck them, and get some armed security (possibly volunteers).

  • tarran||

    Well, you know Jews really haven't ever had to cope with having to local sovereign and law enforcement against them and lack cultural, historical and institutional tools to deal with a lack of protection by non-jewish authorities.

  • ||

    In their defense, whatever they tried in the past hasn't exactly had a great track record, so they may really not know what to do.

  • The Hammer||

    Molotov cocktails from the roof.

  • ||

    Molotov cocktails from the roof.

    Thrown by a fiddler, no doubt.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Mazel tov cocktails.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • affenkopf||

    One of the top rated Youtube comments:

    The problem here is that there is a female cop. This would never have happened if there were two male officers. The male cop knew he was on his own in this fight and came out swinging. The homeless guy doesn't even pay attention to her. Two male officers would have made this a two against one and prevented this from happening.

    Yep, male teams of cops never use excessive violence.

  • Brett L||

    Holy shit. That's a keeper.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    The derp is strong with this one.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Female pigs are major cunts.

  • sarcasmic||

    Power seekers, regardless of their sex, are major cunts.

  • Calidissident||

    You guys are gonna upset Ken Shultz

  • ||

    Nah, he's too busy telling us how military spending is actually non-objectionable in the other thread. Apparently it's only spending by democrats that is wasteful. Who knew?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    The Youtube comments seem to run to the position of "cops have to assume you're a threat and therefore deal with you as one"

    Fuck all of you idiots out there. The reality is that a lot of cops like a good beatdown. Give them half an excuse, and they'll take it.

  • sarcasmic||

    I had one tell me that in so many words.
    "Give me one reason. Please. You know I want to. I'm begging you. Give me one reason."

  • mad libertarian guy||

    You should try having one say that as they're pointing a 12 gauge at your head. While you're standing in your own front yard because your house is fucking hot as balls and the walls and carpets covered in mold because your house just got fucked up in a goddamn hurricane.

  • Brett L||

    if not for the video camera to record what happened, we might actually believe that Ehud attacked the police officers, and he never did. He’s charged with felonies, he's charged with all kinds of crimes, and now I wonder how many other times New Yorkers are charged with serious crimes and there's no video camera to tell the story.

    Welcome to our world, bro. You just took the red pill.

  • tarran||

    No he didn't. He faced the harsh reality for an instant and then pulled the curtain back over his eyes.

  • Copernicus||

    " I wonder how many other times New Yorkers are charged with serious crimes and there's no video camera to tell the story."

    Imagine the largest possible number.... then double it

  • B.P.||

    Time for me to start filming everything.

  • freeAgent||

    Seriously. At the very least, I would think that this creates reasonable doubt for any case where police claim someone fought with them where there is no video and no witnesses other than the police themselves.

    I mean, honestly, if there was ever a situation where I police claimed someone resisted but cannot produce any physical evidence of that resistance, I would have to say that there's a reasonable chance that they're lying.

  • Mensan||

    I would have to say that there's a reasonable chance it's more likely than not that they're lying.

  • Enough About Palin||

    A very sad moment for me personally. I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter, but this behavior is unconscionable SOP

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    What kind of pussy stance is that? Cops are fucking pussies.

  • R C Dean||

    I know; he's totally flatfooted, no mobility at all. You see somebody take that pose, their front knee is yours whenever you want it.

  • sarcasmic||

    The police lied on their report?

    Dunphy has assured me that this never happens.

    The video must be wrong.

  • WTF||

    just because it happened this one time doesn't mean it happens all the time, or is anything other than a rare occurance, as ime most police are professional and courteous, in our dept. this type of behavior would get one dismissed and charged,although you bigorati will not believe it
    hth
    /dunphy

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter

    Fucking dupe.

  • Killazontherun||

    I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter

    Five families broken up using federal racketeering laws, now everyone know their place under the new boss. Mission accomplished.

  • Killazontherun||

    knows -- hit the key. Key didn't want to connect.

  • Adam330||

    Why hasn't the person that put that security camera there been arrested yet?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Two male officers would have made this a two against one and prevented this from happening.

    Or, alternatively, they could have beaten him into a coma from which he would never awaken.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    "he's charged with all kinds of crimes, and now I wonder how many other times New Yorkers are charged with serious crimes and there's no video camera to tell the story."

    "But I am still the number one fan of New York City's Finest!"

  • Loki||

    I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter, but this behavior is unconscionable ... and now I wonder how many other times New Yorkers are charged with serious crimes and there's no video camera to tell the story.

    Cognitive dissonance, or prisoner's dilemma?

  • Loki||

    Cognitive dissonance, or prisoner's dilemma Stockholm syndrome?

    Fuck, I hate it when I get shit completely wrong and make myself look stupid. 5 minutes on google and I could have gotten it right and saved myself the embarassment. Oh well, I probably should go do some fucking work now anyways.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Prisoner's dilemma.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Stockholm Syndrome.

  • sarcasmic||

    The lady cop is like "Move over! Let me get some! Let me get some! C'mon! You can't have all the fun! Let me get some!"

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Don't forget; according to you-know-who, these are the men whose moral fiber is so strong, and whose commitment to serving the people who provide the money which pays them, that THEY WOULD NEVER SIDE WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE EXPRESSED WILL OF THE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATE.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    words may have been omitted.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    I am picturing ten pigs rushing in to the community center, like a mob of flamboyantly costumed gangbangers in The Warriors.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    -The reality is that a lot of cops like need a good beatdown. -

    hth

  • Aresen||

    I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter,

    This guy is a slow learner.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    "The time of arrest is not the proper time to challenge the validity of the arrest. This should happen in court. When you are confronted by police you should put up no resistance whatsoever and comply with all requests."

    -Paraphrasing some douchebag

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    Ideology aside, that really is the only practical approach, unless you are armed and are willing to kill a couple police officers. How many officers do you kill before the arrest is justified? Assume two cops try to arrest you unlawfully: you resist and kill those two. Now, more officers show up. Don't you think it's appropriate to be arrested at that point, for the killing of the officers, or do you go with the idea that the initial attempted arrest started it all, and you need to kill every officer who tries to make an arrest?

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    Or, you simply resist ineffectively, serving only to escalate the level of violence and end up like some homeless schizophrenic under the loving care of law enforcement?

  • A Frayed Knot||

    Whatever. This isn't a threat to the well being of New Yorkers. Oversized sodas, on the other hand, now there's a clear and present danger.

  • SugarFree||

    What is Bloomburg going to do, get rid of all the thugs that would enforce his soda ban? Every evil mastermind has to have minions.

  • BakedPenguin||

    The soda ban is so moronic, the only way to enforce it would be with goons like this.

  • The Hammer||

    I notice Dunphy, and his surrogate fluffer Demostheknees, absent from this thread.

  • ||

    I'll do my best to fill in. No promises though.

    i have always been clear that bad cops need to go. they make all of us look bad.

    assuming the totallity of the fact pattern and the counter-rotational gravitational effect of the van allen radiation belt hold up here it clearly looks unjustified IMO.

    again though haters gonna hate. must wait for the full internal investigation. cop unions hate these guys because they cause lack of trust so they will get them if found to be unjustified.

    i said this same thing at volokh where theres no bigorati and everyone loves me and values my opinion.

    remember most public TRUST cops more than they trust their own children or mothers. SURVEYS SAY THIS.

    hth

  • LTC(ret) John||

    *polite clapping*

    Bravo!

  • sarcasmic||

    Not bad. Not bad.

    You forgot the part where anyone who claims to have had witnessed dishonest cops being dishonest or violent cops being violent is really just some ignorant bigot who deserved whatever they got.

  • ||

    Quite right, I'll remember that in the future.

  • ||

    Nice work, Jimbo. I do recall your excellent sockpuppetry from the Days of Yore, Before the Great Registration, in the Dreamtime of the Never-Never.

    I see I no longer need to **Lights Dunphy Signal**.

  • ||

    *bows* thank you, thank you

  • robc||

    6/10

    Should have been longer and split over 2 posts

  • ||

    You're right, with a little [cont] at the bottom.

    I'll add that to the liner notes along w/ sarc's suggestion.

  • ||

    Decent stand-in, but not enough incomprehensible acronyms.

  • WTF||

    Nice. Beter than my feeble attempt. I should have scrolled down.

  • R C Dean||

    I would only add something about how how he always supports videotaping cops and how video always supports the cop's story.

  • ||

    Added to the notes.

    I also left out something about how Washington is so fucking awesome and they have right to privacy in their constitution.

    I wish he still made all the outlandish claims about being a powerlifting and surfing champion, so I could incorporate those. But he's laid off of that recently and it'd confuse the noobs.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Now I wonder how many other times New Yorkers are charged with serious crimes and there's no video camera to tell the story."

    Eventually, we'll all be required to prove our innocence by supplying our own video tape.

    It's just a matter of time.

  • The Hammer||

    Eventually, we'll all be forbidden from supplying our own videotape. Only official police video will be admissable as evidence, and if that malfunctions, the police report will substitute.

  • sarcasmic||

    Thank goodness for youtube. Because video that contradicts police reports tends to wind up lost or erased when they've got the only copy.

  • ||

    I'm a great supporter of the New York City Police Department, and I continue to be a great supporter

    Idiot.

  • Silly ol' Bear||

    In that case the stupid cops should get 1-5 years. If I were this guy, the cops had better look out, they have a beat down coming and I hope they get it!

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    The officers obviously are guilty of assault under color of law, and probably a few other offenses if they were totally lying about Ehud's actions (probable), but it's beyond stupid to resist cops when they tell you to leave and you have no proof that you're allowed to be there. It's not going to end well.

    How the hell did the cops get in there without the owner's permission, anyway?

  • dinkster||

    Ha. I have no proof that I can be in my house, or in a park, or hang out at the local coffee shop. Is that now a requirement?

  • GILMORE||

    I think in celebration of Dunphy's Law, we should totally change this thread to a conversation about Drone Assassinations. It would only be proper. There's a connection, really! See: Drones kill muslims. Jews kill muslims. This guy Ehud is jewish. He's being oppressed. Makes me think of Drones!

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