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Hasidic Jews Mob Streets, Set Fires In Brooklyn Protest

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Hundreds of angry Hasidic Jews poured into the streets in Borough Park Tuesday night, snarling traffic and setting fires to protest the arrest of a senior member of their community.

The elderly man was arrested after being stopped for talking on his cell phone while driving, according to police. The man refused to hand over his license and registration, and the officers arrested him after a struggle, police said.

Police added that when they tried to take the man into custody, other people in the area interceded.

The arrest sparked an uproar in the Borough Park community, with irate men in traditional Hasidic garb packing the area around 47th Street and 16th Avenue, the intersection where the man was arrested. At least two bonfires burned after protesters ignited piles of cardboard boxes. Men threw more folded boxes onto the flames to make them stronger.

Police in riot gear arrived on the scene after Hasidim surrounded a cruiser, trapping an officer inside. The officer called for help when one of the windows was broken.

Shortly after the riot police arrived the protest lost intensity, but groups of men still milled about in the streets. The NYPD also dispatched a helicopter to the area to light up the streets with a powerful beam.

At one point, the mob blocked the passage of a tractor-trailer and a fire truck trying to put out one of the fires. A few scuffles broke out where protesters were standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the street.

Police said they initially cleared officers from the area to avoid further provoking the protesters.

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Hasidic Mob Confronts Police After Arrest Of Elderly Man

An angry mob of Hasidic Jews confronted police outside a Brooklyn station house Tuesday night after officers arrested an elderly Hasidic man.

Hundreds of Borough Park residents rushed the 66th precinct station house chanting “No justice, no peace” to protest what witnesses say was the rough treatment of an Hasidic business-owner by police.

Two garbage fires were set during the melee, which stretched for several blocks and closed numerous streets. Police, however, were able to contain the crowd by 9:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

Police sources say the protest was sparked after officers approached 75-year-old Arthur Schick, who was talking on his cellphone while double-parked in front of his family-owned bakery on 16th Avenue at around 6:30 p.m.

When police attempted to handcuff Schick, two other Hasidic men tried to step in. A crowd then formed, and the scene quickly grew unruly.

Protesters threw garbage and hundreds of residents blocked the street around Shick’s Bakery.

Community witnesses say the melee started because police dragged Schick from his car, roughly put him into a police van, and twice slammed the door on his leg.

Witnesses say Schick is a respected businessman who may not have immediately complied with police because he is hard of hearing.

“We saw him being pushed by the police against the car, then they grabbed his hand and put him into an arm-lock and violently manhandled him,” said Sariel Widawski. “This is a very busy day in Borough Park – we’re all preparing for the Passover holiday – and everybody was a witness to it. They started screaming at the police to leave the old man alone, but they kept on manhandling him and refused to stop.”

The heavily-Hasidic neighborhood has been the scene of tension between residents and authorities in the past. In 1978, more than 60 police officers were injured when a group of Hasidim stormed the 66th precinct house after an Hasidic man was fatally stabbed by a street robber.

52 Comments

  • 1. i was there wrote:

    you have to make clear that the man that the police aressted was a 75 year-old man and the cops hit him while arresting him! they used regular police protocol- when the person doesnt want to give in volantarily then they’ll use force BUT why cant they use their brains on such an old man they could have killed him R"L

  • 3. eli wrote:

    we shuld do the same im sure the police take them seriously now not like us

  • 4. To eli wrote:

    sorry eli,
    but the law is the law. I think this is a major chillul hashem.
    maybe they could have been a little gentler. but common no need for this kind of reaction. okay.
    mashiach now!!

  • 5. Chaim wrote:

    Your 100% right Eli. Instead we have these little girly men that we call community leaders who do nothing but talk.

  • 6. pini wrote:

    i am happy some jews are sticking up for tham self’s this is good for the non jews to see that wee are not scarred.

    and i think they the residents of crown heights should protest to abut the crime and the ticket business which i can’t understand i happened to be in crown heights today and saw a cop car stopping 3 cars in 10 minutes for no good reason.

    benay yisrael should be strong !!!!!!!!!!!! amisrael chi

    and i hope in israel they should be as strong as the residents of bro park in there way and not give away lend but to conquer

  • 7. Mendy wrote:

    Shvartzes riot. Jews don’t. Shvartzes say, "Do what we want or we’ll riot." Jews don’t.

    At least that’s what I thought. Aren’t we better than them? I find this embarassing. Yes, the cops may have hit the man. But that does not justify running in the streets like animals. Leave that to those who specialize in that. We Jews are better than that.

    Am I defending the cops? No. If they were wrong, they should pay dearly. Like someone wrote, you don’t hit a 75-year-old man. Period. So am I saying we should just let them get away with it? No! But RIOTING is not the answer. You march. You rally. You call and write. You pressure and threaten. You drive the cops and the politicians nuts. And you vote. But you do NOT act like a wild beast. Leave that to Sharpton and his niggers. That’s what they do. We are noble Jews. We don’t.

    Anu mashkimim v’heim mashkimim…

  • 8. crown-heightser-abroad wrote:

    looked what Boro Park was able to put together over some lousy arrest.

    Us Crown Heightsers, after all that has been going on: the ticket story, a murder, muggings, car-break-ins, tire slashings and police doing nothing about it! we can’t seem to put anything together. We must take a lesson!

  • 10. gruntig wrote:

    to: i was there,

    don’t complain to webby he is just quoting NBC.

  • 11. WE MUST LEARN NOW,FROM BORO PARK!!! wrote:

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    CROWN HIGHTS MUST MUST LEARN FROM FROM BORO PARK!!! GOD BLESS THEM!!!
    TIME TO WAKE UP , CROWN HIGHTS.
    DO YOU KNOW WHATS UNBELIEVABLE?
    IN BORO PARK,IT TOOK 5 MINUTES TO UNITE THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER,CROWN HIGHTS IS STILL WAITING AFTER 8 MONTHS!!!

  • 14. comm wrote:

    The police in New York have totally lost touch with the communities they are supposed to be serving…

  • 15. Ashish wrote:

    one might think hasidim would value law and order, not hooliganism. if they feel this man has been wronged then seek redress in a civilized manner. shame on all who advocate violence against law enforcement.

  • 16. Wants action wrote:

    To boro park, good job. To ch, learn from boro park, police do nothing but tickets, becuse of tickets, there was a murder in ch, bottom line police care abut tickets and thay dont give a ship, abut a murder, so we in ch get to learn from bp, hnw to act to the police.

  • 17. Crown Heights Resident wrote:

    Thoe people are not wimps like us in crown heights. They are not afraid of fighting. Remember the famous "fort surrender" incident? we need those people to tech us how they do it.

  • 18. SICKENED BY YOUR BEHAVIOR wrote:

    SHAME ON YOU, OUR "C.P.R." COURTEOUS, PROFESSIONALISM AND RESPECT…WHY, NOT EVEN ONE OUNCE OF IT WAS SHOWN. IS THIS HOW YOU WOULD TREAT YOUR OWN FATHER ? GET ANOTHER JOB. YOU DON’T DESERVE A UNIFORM OR BADGE. GET THE KILLERS AND LEAVE THE ELDERLY AND ABIDING CITIZENS ALONE!

  • 19. open leter to mayor bloomberg wrote:

    We all miss the big picture here.

    first of all is that our city that Mayor Giuliani worked so hard to clean is no longer the same under the current mayor. it begins to look more like the previous man in charge in lieu of a mayor . Crime is very high there were more murders in New York City in the year 2006 in 3 months than the whole year of 2005 . lets say it as it looks to the naked
    eye . The police department is corrupt from top to bottom . cops are not interested in protecting the people from criminals . it is much easier to give summonses in a Jewish neighborhood because the cop is safer from being shot at . But lets start taking pictures
    near all churches in black areas of the city where every Sunday is a nightmare to pass because of all illegal parking and compare it to the ticket spree in Jewish neighborhoods
    on every EREV YOM TOV without a miss.

    Remember Mr. MAYOR if the police would protect against crime people understand the ticketing but in this situation where all we see is the ticketing people will rise up and unrest in the city is inevitable . I can see in CROWN HEIGHTS on Carroll and Schenectady in a period of just three weeks one men was shut dead and a young boy was assaulted and mugged . and no police protection for the citizens in this city .

    I suggest to our mayor to wake up smell the rot and maybe ask Mayor Giuliani
    For help in the police department cleanup and give the CITY back to the people
    Give us back our safety send corrupt cops to jail and give us back our streets.

  • 20. Aaron wrote:

    Watch the CBS video clip "there was no person-on-person violence charachteristic of a riot" so these are law abiding citizens for the most part and we have nothing to be ashamed of.

  • 21. To Mendy wrote:

    I agree with your veiw about violence. It is not the answer, but it seems that you need to take a look at your self a little bit. Nigger is not a proper word to call a person. Would you like to be called a Kike. we can stay with our own kind and stick up for ourselves, but without spewing hatred towards others. You are speaking of peace with venomus words. It is wrong. How can we complain about people hating us when we show so much hatred towards others. Don’t forget that one of the most successful leaders in protests, and one who got results, was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maybe we have something to learn from the Niggers, as you call them. I agree with your perspective, but not the way you expressed it. We as a people believe that words are very strong, you have to watch what you call others.

    We do not want to give others the impression that Jews are hatful and rash, that is why the riot was wrong. If you look at American history, you will see that most progress made was done through the law with petitions, protests, adn rallies. You can change things by getting others to understand, and presenting your case in a dignified way. It is hard , but sometimes the harder thing to do is the better thing. We should not do things that will damage our credibility as a people; how can someone go before a judge in court in order to rectify the situation and have the judge take them seriously after what was done. Our strongest weapon is our minds, and we know that the Jewish mind is a very well developed thing. Violence is for those who don’t know any better, and we do. Positive results will never be brought about this way.

  • 22. DAVID wrote:

    I AGREE WITH ELI

    WE MUST PROTEST

    WE MUST FIGHT

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    WE HAD SOMEONE KILLED ALREADY AND OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS GETTING HIT AND SCARED EVERY DAY

    WHERE ARE WE?

    WE MUST ACT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    NEXT TIME WE ALL NEED TO GO OUT AND FIGHT FOR OUR OWN SAFETY OUR OWN RIGHTS

    DONT LET THE COPS TICKET

    BLOCK THEM

  • 23. Pinchas wrote:

    We should send Chanina Sperling to Commisioner Kelly and tell him there will be a riot unless the police respect us and get rid of kennedy and mimms.

    I bet we’ll never see Chanina burn up all his photo ops!

  • 24. not from around here..... wrote:

    WOW !!! First I would like to say that we as Jews do not commit crimes, we don’t murder or steal, we keep to ourselves. We have had many crimes committed against us. Even when there is an injustice as yesterday we took to the streets, the reporter said it was not a riot !!! We were not violent, just angry. We protested !!! What do the Police expect … they are harrassing us to this point. We can only take so much. I must say that Boro Park does not mess around. I was curious about one thing the Police said the car was double parked and the reporter said his car was curb side ??? Maybe the Police should spend their time finding real criminals and leave the ticket giving a rest.

  • 25. Unacceptble wrote:

    I agree with Mendy and Ashish! The last thing we Jews need to do is to react like mindless animals! We are aready hated as a "People," why give the USA another reason to say,"See, look at those animal Jews, now they are acting like other minority groups by setting fires in their own neighborhoods, how stupid is that??? We Jews are smarter than that, lets use our very own lawyers and such to deal with the city police. I can tell you one thing "out of control" behavior NEVER gets the results one is looking for, never!! We are a brilliant Peoplem lets act it, Please!

  • 26. ecb wrote:

    they don’t know how to riot.
    they should take videos of the abuse and then go to the police station for their anger. Not in the streets.

  • 27. Crown Heightser wrote:

    i agree totally with "aaron". this was not as big of a chilul hashem as you are making it out to be. the police were 100% WRONG! go BP’rs. CH needs to learn from them. they made a big enough comotion w/o violence.
    they stood up for their rights.

  • 28. crownorion wrote:

    good job borough pak, let crown heights learn from this , we must stand up in crown heights, nazi antisemitic pigs police should do their job, our leaders just talk . lets act and cut the talk .

    moshiach now!!

  • 29. Farkakteh drek wrote:

    The outrage is understood An officer of the law should not beat a semi deaf seventy five year old man ever. If they do then they should be persecuted.
    But rioting is not the answer, rioting is for Arabs and niggers.
    Regular black people do not like when niggers riot, we should object when jiggers riot.
    I don’t object organized violence…….but completely object rioting (which is not what happend in BP)
    The difference is
    Rioting= fighting with cops, beating up any black guy passing by.
    Organized violence= DO NOT GET VIOLENT WITH COPS if you don’t like what they do COMPLAIN TO THE CITY IN AN ORGANIZED WAY also beating the crap out of
    Violent niggers is a good idea.

  • 30. as wrote:

    to all you guys that feel it’s chilul hashem or ashamed etc it seems that you feel insecure with yourself and therefore try to shy away in such a situation.
    Dovid Hamelech has told us that (Tehillim 18) that everyone should be treated the way they’re. when police are wild, the reaction is accordingly. only a macho’ah or as chazal say "lchu hafginu" will send the right message.

  • 31. DW wrote:

    GOOD! IT’S NOT A CHILUL HASHEM AT ALL! THIS WAS STICKING UP FOR AN OLD DEFENSELESS MAN! THIS IS HOW THE BLACKS REVERSED BIGOTRY. IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS. AM YISROEL CHAI.

  • 33. GO BP! wrote:

    AROUND OF APPLAUSE TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO STICK UP FOR THEMSELVES. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING…IF SOMETHING HAPPENS IN CROWN HEIGHTS. WE STICK UP FOR OURSELVES.
    GOOD BORO PARK! GO GO GO!

  • 34. marv wrote:

    yea dude back like the old days blood for blood by the gallons the sweet times are over that’s it this means war!!!! there no kitty talking now real stuff!!! just right what happened. someone gota show them who’s boss

  • 35. Take Back the Streets wrote:

    All this happened in Boro Park because a man was pushed, mistreated, arrested. People took to the streets immediately and held the police accountable for their actions and words. Every Jewish politician in the city(except the mayor himself so far) has condemed this action by the police. Every media outlet, TV, print, internet is all over this case. You can bet this isn’t the end of it, but rather the beginning that will doubtless end with heads rolling in the 66th Pct.
    In CH a man has been killed, and there are violent muggings and beatings nearly every week. Property is vandalized nearly daily. What happens nothing! Why, because the police know they don’t have to try that hard because there is no repercusion if they don’t. Do you honestly believe the Police Department of the City of New York loves the black community of Crown Heights or any other poor neighborhood in the city? They fear consequences for not responding to a similar incident. It’s not people marching in the street they fear so much but the political fallout.
    Nothing will change in CH untill people are willing to get off their lazy behinds and physically do something!
    Drop whatever you’re doing, browsing at the book store, or picking up a gift for your cousin’s baby shower, it isn’t as important as the matter at hand.
    Do it now, do it today! If we jump on this in light of what happened in BP yesterday people will be made aware of the wider problem in the city with the police and the Jewish community and see the pattern of neglect and abuse.
    Now get out there and demand your rights!

  • 36. PATHETIC CROWN HEIGHTS wrote:

    BORO PARK, YOU ROCK!!! THAT’S THE WAY WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH OUR C.H. CRIME. NEXT TIME BORO PARK WILL BE EVEN STRONGER BECAUSE THE POLICE WILL KNOW WHAT THEY CAN STAND UP TO. IT JUST TAKES ONCE TO SHOW THE POLICE WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF.
    COMMON FRIEKIN’ CROWN HEIGHTSERS, DO SOMETHING ALREADY.
    MAYBE BECAEUSE OF ALL OUR OTHER SHTUS GOING ON ( SHCWEI, LETTERS, CRASHES…) WE DON’T REALLY HAVE UNITY WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING TOGETHER DO FIGHT THE CRIME. HOW SAD!!!!!
    TAKE A LESSOM FROM BORO PARK
    IF THEY DID IT, SO CAN WE. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT A CHILUL HASHEM WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING OUR LIVES.
    SICKNESS!!!!

  • 37. Never again al pi Chasidus wrote:

    This is a big Kidush Hashem. Yidden wake up!
    I admire those people who stood up for another, and definetly would like to see a heavy civil lawsuit against those officers.
    By the way, Bloomberg should get heavily involved if he doesn’t want to loose face completely.

  • 38. it doesnt matter wrote:

    great job boro park
    dont let the cops get away with it
    keep up the good work

  • 39. Matthew Rand wrote:

    It’s hardly Kiddush HaShem to act like animals and endangering the lives of others by starting fires. People don’t start fires and smash things. Hasidim aren’t above the law, and need to cooperate with police. The riot was an excessive response to the police (allegedly) roughing up an old man.

    The Hasidim are going off the deep end. Ironically those that have taken great pains to distinguish themselves in dress from the goyim (and other Jews) are incorporating goyish culture into their own behavior:

    From the seemingly benign "Matisyahu" taking from the libidinous culture of Reggae music supposedly to promote HaShem and now this…

  • 40. Happy Pesach! wrote:

    Those guys where just burning the chometz (a little early) in preparation for pesach.

  • 41. Mendy wrote:

    To "To Mendy":

    A few points:
    1. There is huge, black-and-white difference between people who happen to be black, and "niggers." Even black people say so. Don’t believe me? Look on the streets. You can tell the black citizens from the black hoodlums by how they dress.
    2. Martin Luther King was black, but the last thing I would call him is a nigger. Believe it or not, I can see past skin color.
    3. As such, I have the full right to refer to "Reverend" Al Sharpton–the wife-dumping, child-abandoning, affair-chasing, convicted liar radical extremist riot inciter rabble-rouser violence promoter with Jewish blood on his hands–as a nigger, together with his followers.
    4. Ask any sociologist: As a general rule, every minority group hates every other surrounding group. Jews hate goyim. Blacks hate whites. Asians hate non-Asians. This is not evil. It’s human nature. The people who actually hate the least are those we suspect of hating the most–WASPs. So we actually DO hate. But we should rise above our human natures using our minds and seek diplomatic but effective means.

  • 42. lets go! wrote:

    its true!!! ch it`s time to wake up!!…
    (the perfect riot we need in on kingston..)
    bring all the tzfatim i`m sure thell knock out about a hundred of those lazy "touches`s"
    instead of 5 will make 1 big "biur chometz!!

    lets BOM-DEM BOM-DEM BOM-DEM!!!!!!!
    & instead of the cops fieting their lazy
    soo thell bring the s.w.a.t and then will knock them out!! then thell bring the marines! then will knock them out!! then usa will make peace with japan and ask them to fite us etc. etc.

    then i`l stop dreaming!!!!!!!

    but c`mon its time to wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 43. A CONCERNED CITIZEN wrote:

    Why don’t you guys – show how tough you really are and join the armed forces fighting to protect us from terrorists that hate all of us? Or go and fight for Israel? Why are you bad mouthing the men and women of the New york City Police Department? Why must you turn on the Police Department that has helped you soooooo many times in the past? SHOW THE WORLD HOW TOUGH YOU ARE NOT BY BURNING CARS BUT BY DEFENDING YOUR COUNTRY THE UNITED STATES – WHO BY THE WAY FOUGHT AGAINST HILTER TO PROTECT THE JEWS!!!!! MANY MANY NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS FATHERS,UNCLES AND GRANDFATHERS WERE IN WORLD WAR1 AND WORLD WAR 2- AND THEIR ARE MANY MORE NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS OVER FIGHTING IN IRAQ AS WE SPEAK – HOW MANY OF YOU CAN SAY THE SAME?

  • 44. Annonymous and Sad wrote:

    Riots are never an answer. Riots compound the original problem and solve NOTHING! Violence begets violence. The rioters who endangered the lives and well being of those around them are no better then the cops whose poor treatment of this elderly gentleman was wrong. However, the man did commit a crime. The law our city is governed by specifically states that talking on a cell phone while driving is illegal. If he was double parked, well that’s not legal either, but he could have put on his blinkers. That’s no reason to hurt the man, but some culpability must be accepted since his action sparked the entire incident. The police should have handled him with more care as well. By- standers tried to help and their actions were misinterpreted, which is a shame. But still, to riot, to give your community a bad name in the eyes of the law and other citizens who do not riot – to burn, break car windows – that is vandalism not righteous protest! Find a better way to make your point! Write to newspapers, to people in helpful political positions, take out a permit to protest and get it on the news. There are non violent and positive alternatives to be found if you stop forr a moment and think! Now, as a result of this riot many innocent people are going to be effected. Some police will now resent jews and look for opportunities to "make them pay" for the negative actions of an angry mob. That is not right! So, in truth, the riot has served to make matters worse instead of better.

  • 45. Seth M wrote:

    At least they’re not killing people, shooting at police, raping women, or looting stores like niggers commonly do. Compared to nigger riots, this is just a disorderly demonstration.

  • 46. Reuben wrote:

    Police are like soldiers. They don’t walk around with a bible, deciding right and wrong. They do what they are commanded to do by their superiors (police chief,attorney general, etc.), like the military. Power only respects power, not Reason, not Righteousness. If WE THE PEOPLE did to them (secretly, of course) what they do to us, they would stop doing it. There are more of us, than these dirt-bag "authority figures", who obviously do not respect righteousness. If the orthadox jews ran the political system in their area, this wouldn’t happen. You can’t Reason with evil. Be more cunning than them, at their game. Be like Moses, Joshua, King David, etc. Covertly investigate who determines these unrighteous "policies", and let them know covertly that the evil they do to people will happen to them (with no witnesses). THEN they will understand. WE, THE PEOPLE, DO NOT SERVE THE GOVERNMENT. THE GOVENMENT SERVES THE PEOPLE. Second thought, don’t let them know (verbally), they’ll get the messege.

  • 47. erik olson the viking wrote:

    This might help

    Your Right of Defense Against Unlawful Arrest http://www.constitution.org
    “Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”

    “An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

    “When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

    “These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

    “An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

    “Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense.” (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).

    “One may come to the aid of another being unlawfully arrested, just as he may where one is being assaulted, molested, raped or kidnapped. Thus it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody, without resistance.” (Adams v. State, 121 Ga. 16, 48 S.E. 910).

    “Story affirmed the right of self-defense by persons held illegally. In his own writings, he had admitted that ‘a situation could arise in which the checks-and-balances principle ceased to work and the various branches of government concurred in a gross usurpation.’ There would be no usual remedy by changing the law or passing an amendment to the Constitution, should the oppressed party be a minority. Story concluded, ‘If there be any remedy at all … it is a remedy never provided for by human institutions.’ That was the ‘ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression, and to apply force against ruinous injustice.’” (From Mutiny on the Amistad by Howard Jones, Oxford University Press, 1987, an account of the reading of the decision in the case by Justice Joseph Story of the Supreme Court.

    As for grounds for arrest: “The carrying of arms in a quiet, peaceable, and orderly manner, concealed on or about the person, is not a breach of the peace. Nor does such an act of itself, lead to a breach of the peace.” (Wharton’s Criminal and Civil Procedure, 12th Ed., Vol.2: Judy v. Lashley, 5 W. Va. 628, 41 S.E. 197)

    ok

  • 48. crown heights resident wrote:

    i think it is a big chilul hashem but to start afire is retarted what if someone would get hurt!! what will happen then?

  • 49. Devan wrote:

    I’m not sure how I came across this site, and as this article is old I don’t know if anyone will actually see this comment as comments must be approved. But I will write my piece regardless. The majority of the comments here are sickening. I find ignorance sickening, no matter WHO is spewing the venom, from other Blacks, to Jews, Latinos…whoever. It’s all garbage. And when I read the things that some of you have written, it makes me have no sympathy whatsoever for your cause. The prevailing message here is A) We’re better than because we’re Jews, B) We’re above the law because we’re Jews and C) We should fight “the enemy aka anyone not like us” and show them that we’re not afraid.

    There isn’t one set of laws for us lower beings and another set for Jews. Jews are no better or worse than anyone. They are NOT above the law, and will be treated like animals if they act like animals. Period.

  • 50. Amanda wrote:

    I am Black but i live in long island and my neigborhhod is mixed with all kinds of people including whites, catholic, protestant, secular and hasidic Jews and nothing like this takes place where i live…..the Hasidic Jews in brooklyn need to learn the difference between Regular Blacks and Niggers……things that take place in Crwon Heights don’t take place where i live where Regular Blacks who are educated and civil live

  • 51. Amo wrote:

    @47

    You are assuming this old man was innocent. I can count at least three laws that he broke in the span of probably less than five minutes. Old self-righteous Jew thought he was above the law in Jew town where they think only Jew law applies. This is America. Learn the fucking rule. Or try bringing in your court cases to weasel your way around the law.

  • 52. Anonymous wrote:

    follow the laws or go home, and we will see how much you get to protest at home

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