CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — Three Bochurim were the victims of a group of overzealous cops late last night. They were talking outside an apartment building, when cops stopped them and gave them all a criminal summonses for ‘blocking pedestrian traffic.’
The incident took place at around 10:00pm Sunday night at 1384 Carroll Street, on the corner of Kingston Avenue. The three Bochurim were standing and talking in the plaza in front of the building, a building with predominantly Jewish residents and where one of the Bochurim currently lives.
Suddenly, a group of three cops assigned to foot patrol duty were seen running towards the group of Bochurim and demanded identification. At first they refused, demanding to know why they were asked. The cops responded, saying that they were being stopped for blocking the sidewalk.
The charge was ridiculous, since one of the Bochurim resides in the building. Additionally, they were standing on private property, inside the buildings plaza and not on the sidewalk.
Nevertheless, the cops held them and wrote them criminal summonses, to which the Bochurim must respond in criminal court.
“I have heard about cops doing such things,” one of the Bochurim told CrownHeights.info, adding he never believed that it would happen to him.
On the scene, one of the officers got into a confrontation with a CrownHeights.info photographer. He demanded that he stop taking pictures and leave the scene. The photographer explained to the officer that he was standing on private property and the officer had no right to tell him what to do.
“This is a classic case of more police equals more harassment, instead of more protection,” said another witness to the incident, adding, “Where were these cops when my car was broken into two nights ago?”
The names of the officers involved are Officers Cuenca, who touched this whole incident off, aided by Officer Ivankovsky, Officer Castio, and Officer Shafir, who came to aid the rookies in a Patrol Borough Brooklyn South three wheeled scooter.