It was a Rosh Hashana from hell for one Jew after he spent its first night in the custody of the NYPD, following a stupid altercation. Disturbing video footage, captured by an equally disturbed reader with a cell phone camera, shows a large number police officers manhandling the Jew who was trying to defend himself, constantly asking why he was being arrested.
The incident began unfolding within the eighteen minutes after Rosh Hashana had already begun near the intersection of Albany Avenue and Montgomery Street. Police officers pulled over a Jewish motorist who was in a hurry to get home just as the holiday was starting.
Passers-by called out to the cops to let the motorist go, saying that the holiday was starting. The impassive officers responded that “he broke the law and we will not let him go.”
Then, one bystander got vocal and police fixated on him.
First he was knocked to the ground by officers who immediately called for backup. Close to thirty officers responded, and after wrestling back and forth, the man was placed in cuffs and dragged into a waiting police car.
As he was being put into the cruiser the man was heard pleading with officers to let him go to Shul, and that it was his father’s Yohrtzeit, all of which fell on deaf ears.
CrownHeights.info was unable to find out what the man was charged with.
Update: The man spent the fist night of Rosh Hashanah in a holding cell in the 71st Precinct; he was released the following afternoon.