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New Video Raises Questions of Dropping of Hate Crimes Charges Against Cabby

New Video has surfaced in regards to this Sundays beating of a 62 year old Chassidic man Lipa Schwartz in Boro Park. The video appears to show that the incident was not in fact a road rage incident as the DA claims.

by CrownHeights.info

As previously published on Crownheights.info, the Jewish man was walking to Shul on 13th Avenue near 46 Street, carrying his Tallis and Tefillin. Suddenly, a vehicle screeched to a halt, the driver, Farrukh Afzal, 37, got out, and ran towards the victim. He began punching him in his face and screaming at him. The man broke free and began running, but the suspect once again assaulted him in front of TD Bank.

The driver was arrested, and though originally charged with a hate crime, was ultimately changed to a road rage incident following the drivers claim of a previous incident.

The drivers lawyer stated that the victim had punched the vehicle’s window as he was crossing the street and that Afzal feared for his life. These statements were stated by the DA as to why they did not pursue hate crime charges.

Yet video has surfaced of the vehicle being driven by Farrukh Afzal immediately prior to the attack. The video shows Farrukh driving at a high rate of speed for at least two blocks, appear to swerve in an attempt to hit someone in a crosswalk, before going through a red light and stopping to assault Schwartz.

Based on the new video, it appears that there was no interactions between Farrukh Afzal and Lipa Schwartz prior to the actual assault.

Family of Farrukh Afzal are quoted as having said that he has mental issues.

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4 Comments To "New Video Raises Questions of Dropping of Hate Crimes Charges Against Cabby"

#1 Comment By Ma Rabbi On October 16, 2018 @ 7:39 pm

This was clearly a hate crime.
The Jewish community must make sure he is charged
as such and nothing less.

#2 Comment By Straight talk from the stoop On October 17, 2018 @ 9:23 am

Put your faith not in government and the machinations of mankind, put your faith in hashem !
Clearly there are a lot of nuts out there ! The 18 year old Black guy and 37 year old Arab guy are examples of people that lost their minds and clearly aren’t legitimate criminals with hateful agendas

#3 Comment By Jay from LI On October 17, 2018 @ 1:46 pm

Here is yet another example of how mentally ill , soft shell individuals who are prejudiced, will strike out against Jews because the perps have less mental restraints.

The answer is to have more police and more surveillance cameras in Jewish neighborhoods. Also, the left wing liberal Jews in CH who want more supportive housing for drug addicts and mentally ill in CH, should realize they are putting the Jewish community at risk.

The Southeast part of CH is a dumping ground for the mentally ill who, are a threat to Jews, EVEN if they have no prior record of violence.

Less preaching of cumbaya, more questions about why the 1.4 Billion given by Gov Cuomo allocates so little to public safety when Jews are getting assaulted, and Blacks are getting shot and killed in such high numbers in NYC.

#4 Comment By av g On October 18, 2018 @ 9:08 am

get this out on social media all over