A press conference was held today at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva hall on Crown St., amid widespread outrage over the video released by CrownHeights.info, which shows officers from the 71st precinct beating a defenseless Jewish man at the Aliya Institute.
Attending the conference were several politicians and community leaders, including: NYS Assemblymen Dov Hikind and Karim Camara, NYC Councilwoman Letitia James, NYS Senator Eric Adams, NYC Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, NYC Comptroller John C. Liu, and Crown Heights community leaders Zaki Tamir, Chanina Sperlin and Berel Sugar.
One after another the speakers got up and denounced police brutality in general, and this incident in particular. They called upon the NYPD to fire these officers for their gross misconduct and abuse of power, and called upon the city government to appoint an independent inspector over the NYPD’s affairs.
The director of ALIYA, Rabbi Moshe Feiglin, reiterated that the victim, Ehud Halevy, had full permission to be at the center.
The victim was not present at the conference at the behest of his legal team.
The NYPD is the only Department in the New York City government that does not have independent oversight by an inspector general. A bill which seeks to change that is currently making its way through the legislature.