CBSNewYork reports that police are looking for a group of teens they believe are behind a string of hateful attacks in Brooklyn. The first involved throwing a metal pipe through a shul window, then hitting a chassidishe Jewish boy’s religious garb, and then pushing a young girl in Williamsburg.
On Tuesday, the NYPD released surveillance video they hope will lead detectives to an arrest. It shows the troublesome teens running up to a 14-year-old boy and knocking his hat off his head before sprinting off.
Police believe it shows the same group of teens caught on camera Saturday evening throwing a metal pipe through a shul window at the corner of Myrtle and Franklin Avenues around 5:30 p.m.
Police said right after they vandalized the shul, the same group then pushed a ten-year-old girl to the ground.
Anyone who may recognize the boys, clad in red and black hooded sweatshirts, are asked to call authorities.
NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is shocked than the attack at the shul was minimized. The Assemblyman is calling on the NYPD to reclassify it is a Hate Crime, which he said should have been the obvious conclusion.
“Innocent people were praying quietly in their synagogue on the Sabbath when suddenly a metal pipe was thrown through their window by thugs who specifically targeted them,” says Hikind. “The video is clear: This gang came to this specific location—a synagogue; they looked around to see if anyone was watching, then threw a metal bar through glass at the congregation. What if that bar hit someone—say an elderly man or a child? What if the shards of broken glass had gone into people’s faces? Calling this an act of ‘criminal mischief’ is a disgusting joke! Is there a policy to purposely minimize bias crimes?
“This was a targeted attack on Jews who were quietly praying,” said Hikind. “If that’s not hate, what is? If law enforcement continues minimizing these events, the message to would-be attackers is clear: It’s open season on Jews. Are we waiting for another Pittsburgh type of attack, G-d forbid, before we take these matters serious?”