What’s worse than being beaten down in public by the police when you were minding your own business? The answer may be found in the disturbing video captured a man being brutally beaten by police after he was discovered sleeping on a couch inside a synagogue… his synagogue.
Ehud Halevy, 22, was struck dozens of times by the officer, with fists and a baton, even though he had permission to be there from the Aliya Institute in Crown Heights on Oct. 8, 2012. Still, the beating was ruled as “justified” after considerable review, and the abusive officers who gave Halevy the Gestapo treatment were cleared of any wrong-doing.
Rabbi Moshe Feiglin runs the youth center. He said that Halevy had been living at the shul for a month before police brutally attacked him.
While the city has agreed to pay a $100,000 settlement Halevy, the officer was not fired. was sleeping in a back room of the Aliya Institute in Crown Heights on Oct. 8, 2012, when a security guard called police. Although youths were sometimes allowed to sleep there, the guard was apparently alarmed because Halevy was shirtless and not wearing pants.
“When we watched the video and saw some of New York’s finest behaving in a not very fine way, brutalizing an individual for absolutely no reason, it was just something horrible,” Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.
Why is this officer allowed to remain on the job after beating a Jewish man in his own synagogue? Apparently the answer is because this crime was not deemed as “that bad” by the city of New York.
(Article by M.B. David; image via YouTube)