May 12, 2018
ATVs Narrowly Miss 3 Bochurim

Three black males tried driving ATVs into 3 Yeshiva students last Shabbos in Crown Heights; one's mother demands action.

By Nechama Piekarski for COLlive

I am a simple working mother living in Crown Heights, the Rebbe's shechuna. My children attend the local schools, walking to and from events alone or with friends, their fears escalating each year.

I have lived in Crown Heights for the past 20 years and I see the deterioration of neighborly tolerance and basic respect. At the same time, I have some very decent non-Jewish neighbors with whom I share mutual esteem. I strongly believe that every human being should be treated with value and dignity.

This past Shabbos (May 5), my 13-year-old son was walking to mincha when one ATV vehicle in a group of three, driven by a black adult male, sped up onto the sidewalk aiming straight at him.

After jumping out of the way, my son watched in horror as the ATV then sped toward two bochurim who jumped out of the way in the nick of time.

My husband and my son approached a policeman on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston afterward. They were told that they could not file a police report and there is nothing to be done about it; it is a common occurrence.

We, the Crown Heights community, have experienced four violent anti-Semitic incidents in the past month and those are the incidents that have been publicized on COLlive and elsewhere. But many others are not publicized, and sadly, we treat them as part and parcel of everyday life.

But Jewish blood is not cheap. Our children should not be victims. We already vowed once, Never Again! Let us not go like sheep to the slaughter!

I call upon our community leaders to demand that the local schools incorporate tolerance for all, including Jews, into the curriculum.

I demand that our leaders insist that the leaders of the African-American community develop a detailed proposal to combat hatred and bigotry toward others, including Jews.

It is not enough to give a press statement; action is needed immediately. A comprehensive plan, where tolerance workshops are given throughout the black community and violence against Jews is condemned is in order.

A program should be implemented where all incidents are reported with immediate repercussions for the perpetrators regardless of whether or not the victim has actually been hurt.

None of our communities can afford failure if we want to live in safety and unity.

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Opinions and Comments
Not okay at all
(5/12/2018 3:11:41 AM)
(5/12/2018 4:23:13 AM)
Well said
(5/12/2018 4:54:52 PM)
Politicians will do nothing
I will tell you sadly what is the only thing that works. If they learn that anytime they bother a Jew they will get a beating that will put them in the hospital. That's the only language these thugs understand.
(5/12/2018 8:05:35 PM)
Kol hakavod
Kol hakavod to Nechama for her to the point statement. Do we need to wait till someone is hurt before action is taken? We all know how the other community would respond if one of their children or adults were the victims.
It is not helpful to just pander to, be diplomatic and sociable with elected officials when they do nothing to actively correct this situation and assure us a safe community.
Do photo ops just make the participants feel important? Assure them more votes?
Yes, please report all incidents and let’s hope our ‘spokespeople’ can actually take some action in taking some of Nechama’s ideas and making them a reality.
Education is one good preventive measure.
(5/12/2018 8:44:25 PM)
The politicians are very busy feeling important by the very important legislative breakfast....

(5/12/2018 9:04:33 PM)
(5/12/2018 9:06:44 PM)
Can you get a security camera pointed at that spot and have the license plate identified?
(5/12/2018 9:08:24 PM)
Agreee 100% and more
Whats about when African american blasting music in the late hours of the nigh police also can't do anything............... Do we live in a jungle???
(5/12/2018 9:24:52 PM)
To all the non-voting CH residents
If everyone voted the politicians would be scared to lose our vote and they'd pressure the police to do their jobs and the District Attorney to not let these animals back on the street when they're caught.

Since no one votes, they don't care about us.
(5/12/2018 9:25:59 PM)
Whoever doesn't vote can blame themselves for this
The only way we'll be taken seriously is if EVERYONE votes!
(5/12/2018 9:26:50 PM)
To all CH residents who don't vote
If we all voted the politicians wouldn't want to lose our votes and they'd make sure the police do their jobs and the District Attorney locks these animals up.
Since we don't vote, they don't care.
(5/12/2018 9:28:20 PM)
CH residents: You don't vote? You have no right to complain!
We don't need do-nothings to complain and whine about how bad the situation is.
Do something!
(5/12/2018 9:29:52 PM)
Important next steps
From Eli Cohen CHJCC
1) Was the incident reported to police?
2) Does Shmira know the details?
The people involved in this and all similar incidents should immediately report to police by calling 911 even on Shabbos if there is danger (or immediately after Shabbos if not.) If there is no report, the incident did not happen, as far as any official record.

Also call Shmira or the community council to ensure that we follow up on the police report and get the proper attention to the threat. Also Shmira volunteers assist police in collecting video and other evidence. If there are several similar incidents over a short time, we can also advocate for better coverage and for better investigative efforts.

Our relationship with the police is not just about pictures. We meet with the 71st and 77th precinct commanding officers regularly to highlight concerns in the community and to give feedback. We also work with other ethnic leaders and Faith leaders to try to work on problems together, rather than allowing a few bad actors to create tension between the various sectors of the community.
For details or concerns, call Eli Cohen at 718-771-9000 ext 7736.

You can also attend your build the block meeting for your sector and discuss your concerns directly with the cops who regularly patrol your part of the neighborhood.

Find the names of your NCO (neighborhood coordinating officers) and the details of the next meeting at
(5/12/2018 9:35:36 PM)
“Bitachon” Frum Defense
chjcc Bitachon Frum Defence program for men - elderly members of our community. Practice with our professional instructors the life saving screaming, running technique and much more.Learn how to protect yourself and your family. Evenings and morning classes. 718-288-2947 at 899 Montgomery
(5/12/2018 9:40:08 PM)
That is correct..People need to be dealt with the language they understand. Williamsburg and Boro Park have NO such problem, they call chaptz aim, and they do and know exactly how to handle it. The police look the other way, and probably say thank you under their breath.
(5/12/2018 9:41:18 PM)
CH not voting = politicians/police not caring
If you don't vote it's your fault. Look in a mirror and complain to yourself, not to anyone else.
(5/12/2018 9:48:04 PM)
Why should politicians pressure black leaders to stop preaching hate?
Are the politicians afraid of losing the Jewish vote?
(5/12/2018 9:49:40 PM)
Whoever's going to comment with complaints
Don't come on here and whine again. We have enough whiners already, it doesn't help us.
Do something instead.
(5/12/2018 9:50:36 PM)
Ali L.
Well said Nechama!
(5/12/2018 9:53:37 PM)
Yo se
Bsd isn't there a community liazon to nypd to work out a method for getting a report filled on Shabbas and yom tov? Are these incidents not a matter of pekuach nefesh? Such things cannot be ignored. We mustnt tolerate these attacks. There is no such thing as a routine intentional attack. We cannot hold a whole ethnic community responsible but we must have a way of identifying and apprehending perpetrators who are responsible. No other city would tolerate this
(5/12/2018 10:06:56 PM)
Why is everyone so surprised?!?!
To number 9, sadly yes. It's your choice. We left 15 years ago. Now we live in a place that "animals" like the one described above, would be lucky if they ended up in the ICU after an incident like that (in "normal" states - unlike NY, NJ and CA, justifiable homicide for self defense is a wonderful thing). It's amazing what a 124 grain piece of lead, traveling at 1116 FPS can do! Even better is the psychological effect which it has on the "rest of the animals in the jungle" after it has been used a few times. It is truly astounding what happens when you put the constant "fear of G-D" (or at least that of a premature meeting with him) into the minds of some living entities. If the people left in CH, truly had an iota of common sense, they might want to try it for themselves - as opposed of course to the traditional hand wringing and complaining which we see first hand on a daily basis. As I said before, it's your choice....
(5/12/2018 10:14:48 PM)
Crash Course 101
Politicians respond to a community’s needs because they want their votes and they don’t want to lose them. They control the police, DA, and can convince black leaders to stop preaching antisemitism if they really want to.
If a community has no votes, what do think politicians will do for them? Nothing!
(5/12/2018 10:21:01 PM)
And we don't need lazy non-voter excusing themselves
Don’t justify the fact that you’re a good-for-nothing by saying “Voting won’t make a difference...”
Have we ever TRIED it before? NO!
(5/12/2018 10:24:18 PM)
To all those using this as an opportunity to convince everyone to vote
G-d bless you.
You’re 100% right!
It’s about time.
(5/12/2018 10:26:59 PM)
"They were told that they could not file a police report and there is nothing to be done…"
We’re back to the Mayor Dinkins days !? !?
(5/12/2018 10:29:22 PM)
Why couldn't they file the police report?
Is Mayor Dinkins back in office?
Oh wait he is... His new name is De Blasio.
(5/12/2018 10:37:55 PM)
ch resident
I demand that our leaders insist that the leaders of the African-American community ....
Since when is african american a color? Its black and white
(5/12/2018 10:48:13 PM)
Our Leaders
Are busy taking pictures. There's no time for petty incidents like yours. Make a press conference and they'll be quick to show up.

Btw. What are they doing about the CH housing crises? Nothing!
(5/12/2018 10:53:34 PM)
People are afraid that if they elect new and better officials...
...they'll lose their welfare benefits or their free Head Start.
(5/12/2018 10:56:29 PM)
To Yo Se -- comment 21
Shmira and Shomrim volunteers are the best liaison to make sure that the report is taken and responded to immediately. They work closely with NYPD.
(5/12/2018 11:13:41 PM)
Community leaders
Yes where the heck are our community leaders
(5/12/2018 11:19:45 PM)
To #30 "People are afraid..."
Regardless of who is elected, everyone just needs to VOTE.
(5/12/2018 11:50:24 PM)
These are always a group of bikes and AtVs speeding and jumping
all over CH - when the weather is hot and sadly police not doing anything . we were almost hit by them when they all drive by red line on EMpire and Kingston - policeman just didnt do anything and pretended that he didnt see . we demad his name but he refused so who is the Boss here in CH ? why we were treated like second hand citizens ?
(5/12/2018 11:50:37 PM)
Who's our community leaders
I sorry to say but turning to our community leaders will get us nowhere, partially cuz we ain't have normal community leader. Or maybe I didn't realize who you referring to... Any candidate's...
(5/12/2018 11:52:48 PM)
Please understand that every little detail of the story makes a difference in giving the ability to do something about it. Including the exact location where it happened and the exact time when it happened. Thank You.
(5/12/2018 11:53:54 PM)
Don’t expect people to change
Unfortunately these people don’t understand workshops. These are either young tennagers having “fun” or adults with hate and bigotry. The way to talk to these people is strengh. If everybody in crown hights right now would go and learn self defense it would be a huge game changer.
(5/13/2018 12:27:18 AM)
Every Summer Time same story
Sorry to hear ... but our only interaction with Black community is Crime or Hate Crime and where Jews always are Victims .... coincidence? I would say not ... because we are so not organized as a community, we never do rallies and never aloud or demand .... look police shoot the black guy - match was organized.... Jews were bitten - silence and zero presence ..... we are too busy and not supportive .... we do have a lot of help for needy but never help for Safety... we teach our kids Safery rules but never how to protect and demand it from the authorities..... we do have Higher Authority to complaint and demand .... we just need an open letter and press /local TV .... and I believe we can have peaceful life in CH for both communities( I believe these bikes are common disturbances for both communities)
(5/13/2018 1:03:12 AM)
Self Defense is great, but it has limits
How would ANY martial art be a match for three people on moving ATVs barrelling toward one or two people on foot, on a sidewalk, on Shabbos?

OF COURSE learn all you can about self defense. But the people who think that would help with THIS situation (the situation the article was written about) are sadly mistaken!
(5/13/2018 1:44:29 AM)
Time for new elections
Time to make our votes count with new elections for the vad hakohol
(5/13/2018 6:56:43 AM)
My son once a ticket for driving a bike on the sidewalk. This was before there was a bike lane. He went to court to fight it .
(5/13/2018 10:00:56 AM)
Bikes, motorbikes, and motor scooters are frequently
on the sidewalks, as well as, cars parked on sidewalks next to driveways. There is little consideration for pedestrians in the community. The general safety of pedestrians should be addressed as well!
(5/13/2018 11:11:27 AM)
To #41: YES!!!!
It is time to demand action from Precinct 71. It is 100% illegal to do what these ATV-thugs did!!!

Is Precinct 71 SO much in "triage mode" that someone has to be injured or worse, c"v, before they ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS???

I'm glad we have the various liaisons with the NYPD. But a bigger question is: Why should a Yid need "special go-betweens" such as CHJCC reps. or Shmira or Shomrim to SIMPLY be able to be protected by EXISTING LAWS????? It's not like it's 1946 and there may be a language barrier, etc.
(5/13/2018 11:18:04 AM)
Although I don't think we "sheep going to the slaughter", I agree that we need to continue being vocal about this problem. Awareness and voting out people who don't respond is the way to go. Thanks for writing
(5/13/2018 11:39:47 AM)
Yo se
B'H to #31: your comment is such a relief because it dispels the concerns that# 26 and the article expressed that one could not file a police report. It seems that community members are not aware of the proper procedures for reporting incidents on Shabbas and yom tov and get immediate response from the from the authorities It seems vital that people know exactly who to contact on Shabbas and yom tov. As Rabbi cohen (#14) implied these incidents very likely could be considered pekuach nefesh and would require immediate attention as much as a hatzalah call . One who attempts an attack r'l and escapes should be considered at large and dangerous. It would be very much appreciated to be informed under what specific conditions one may violate Shabbat and report an incident chasvashalom. Also perhaps special arrangements could be made with the police department so that reports could be made at the scene to prevent or minimize chillul Shabbat or yom tov.
(5/13/2018 1:33:36 PM)
Not enough
I am the author. I have taken Eli Cohen's advice, spoken with police and shmira, and I was told the same thing by both. Someone must get hurt before a police report can be filed. It is not okay for us to wait for physical injuries to occur! The law must be changed! How can we make this happen?
(5/13/2018 1:49:26 PM)
Too many cops don't care about Jews
Many of us have noticed this for years.

Though if we all voted, the politicians would change that.
(5/13/2018 2:17:04 PM)
If it was reversed, would the cops pursue the suspects and file a report?
Of course!

Does the police have a double standard?
Of course!
(5/13/2018 6:13:08 PM)
Gov. Cuomo recently gave $1.4 billion to Central Brooklyn
"Vital Brookllyn Initiative" - Of the $1.4 billion in NYS funds going to central Brooklyn, $500 million is going to affordable housing. See Diana Richardson's website.

Why don't we request NYS Assemblywoman Diana Richardson and NYS Senator Jessie Hamilton to fork over some money for surveillance cameras to deter crime and catch the bad guys ?

I ask the Jewish mothers to organize democratic primary raffles and voting parties in the shuls on the day of primary, September 12, 2018 - register at least 30 days before

The Double Y - Yaacov Yudewitz
(5/13/2018 10:24:49 PM)
If NYPD is ticketing bicyclists on the sidewalk
THEN why does someone need to be hurt or worse (as #46, the article's author) found out, before a police report can be filed?

It's illegal, period. A case can also be made for disrupting the peace, mayhem, terrorizing, etc., etc.

How is it "police reportable" if a bike gets a ticket without even coming close to any pedestrians, and an ATV, which can do far more harm than a bike, can't be ticketed unless they actually hurt someone????? Something is rotten at the 71st, and they've got Shmira and the CHJCC in their right pocket helping them!

I'm sorry, I love Shmira and I like many things about the CHJCC too, but this stinks to high heaven!

How stupid does the 71st Pct. think we are??? We know the law, and we see how inconsistently the police are applying it!
(5/13/2018 10:31:29 PM)
might be to busy for the CH Jewsih community but Shomrim and Shmira aren't.

They should be notified immediately so they can scour the neighborhood and get these choleras arrested !
(5/13/2018 11:12:10 PM)
Very simple solution to protect yourself in CH,pepper spray
Every single person should have a bottle of pepper spray on them at all times. You spray enough folks they will get the message. You can get it in upstate NY as well. No way any court will give you problems if you used it to protect yourself from death. Just aim and spray and they will be coughing and blinded for 20 minutes. Let them run to court if they do not like it, they tried to kill you or assault you and you sprayed them to save your life. Whose life is more important? Conceal carry is not allowed in NYC but pepper spray is allowed and is very very effective. As they say, you smack a dog on the snout he will not act the same way again. As in Middle East, you kick the neighborhood bully hard he backs down. You do not fight back they dogs keep coming and get worse.
(5/14/2018 7:20:05 AM)
We should also teach tolerance and respect to our children
We also teach our own children racism in our schools. The Tanya itself claims Jews are a superior race and the goyim come from the impure klippot. Teaching that to a child will give them a superiority complex. I live on a block that is mixed Jews and Gentiles and I am so ashamed of what my neighbors did to two young black children who only wanted to be part of the group and play with the Jewish kids the same age. The young black girl was crying because one family made such a show and point to say she was not welcome in their home and treating her like a criminal (even calling her that). She was 9 for heaven's sake and that is just cruel to do to a child.
You cannot have it both ways! You cannot charge such crazy high rent prices and then also say, by the way, your neighbors are criminal blacks.
Try posting the Noahide laws in your store or front yard or even teach a Noahide class. The Gentiles are thirsty for this wisdom now and that is how we become a "light to the nations."
(5/14/2018 7:33:14 AM)
Yo se
Bsd # 53 makes a very important point. One of the Rebbes top priorities is sheva mitzvahs and education. The Rebbe discusses it in terms of preventative medicine. Our children should be a part of the campaign. We must indeed influence by way of example. One cannot set an example without interaction. However the Torah has very strong guidelines about the appropriate gedorim that need to be in the mix. Lo telaicbo bechukos hagoyoim is of paramount importance. Light needs to strengthen not diminish. Immediate security issues have little to do with this in the short run. The Rebbe prioritizes security to eretz yisroel. This is the makome of Beis Rabbeinu shebebavel. It
Is the nucleus of the world chabad movement. To pass off attacks or attempts which cause no one damage is not only unacceptable but hafech hahalacha. It must be addressed not with a vengeance but with sechel. Random ranting and venting make the situation less stable. The specific perpetrators of attacks or attempts must be prevented or apprehended. If our community formulates an appropriate security plan it can only benefit the community at large no matter what their ethnicity.
(5/14/2018 10:35:29 AM)
Report all Incidents!
Yes, even if law enforcement tells you nothing can be done. We should insist that a file be opened and the incident be officially recorded. Politicians and school officials should let these poor- excuse- for- humanity characters know that a record is building against them, which means no government jobs for them - ever; not in hospitals, public transportation, education, security, or any other job that requires a squeaky clean record, meaning no record at all. that's the only way we can create the motivation in for them to behave.
Classes in tolerance won't help if their minds are so badly poisoned that they can't think straight.
(5/15/2018 6:04:09 PM)
To #53
I hope you read this message because your interpretation of Tanya is WRONG/ G-D forbid someone should read what you said who is not familiar with chassidus and be turned off. Actually, the Alter Rebbe explains that the souls of the righteous among the nations are from Klipas Nogah, Meaning neutral energy and are capable of elevating themselves and meriting the world to come. Please be more informative before you quote Tanya, or any source for that matter.
For more on this please see chapter 1 of Tanya and commentaries that follow.
(5/16/2018 10:55:41 PM)
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