In what can only be described as the worst resistance to the police abuse we have been suffering of these ticket blitzes. 75 year old Arthur Schick who is reported to be deaf in one ear was ‘pulled over’ by police officers at around 6:30pm in front of the Schick’s Bakery on 16th Ave. between 47th St. and 48th St. for speaking on his cell phone. Many eye witnesses said that he was double parked while on the phone and was not driving. However as most of us know, when these ‘cops’ are out there just to give tickets, they will give them to anyone, regardless whether they deserve it or not.
When Mr. Schick attempted to exit his vehicle, one of the cops shoved him back into his car, this is when the whole altercation started. After this he tried to exit again at which point the cops pulled him out, cuffed him, and shoved him into their van. A crowd gathered in protest to the way Mr. Schick was treated and the fact that he got a ticket the way he did.
Garbage was dumped onto the street and set ablaze, a level one mobilization was then called by police for a crowd starting fires and rioting. This was the beginning of a standoff lasting more then 5 hours, in which cops persecuted and instigated the large crowds of Bochurim and men. Cries of “Don’t Back Down, Don’t Be Pushed Around” followed by “6 Million Jews Died For Not Standing Up” were heard throughout the crowd, including slurs directed at the cops calling them ‘Nazis’ and the likes. All this in front of the eyes of the entire local media, Print, Radio and TV.
More pictures of in the Extended Article.
[rant]Many of you will say that this is a great Chilul Hashem, and you would be right, but given the circumstances it was really only a matter of time for such a thing to happen. T he police have been relentlessly pushing tickets for any and every violation possible, there are special ‘units’ assigned to just this type of duty. Pesach is upon us and for many it is hard enough already as it is, but then when the police come and stick us with another $115 fine it hurts, and it actually is about time that someone stands up to them for this![/rant]