Halevy, as we reported last week, got the crap kicked out of him by an
NYPD officer during a two-minute-long beat-down — during which he was
punched in the head,
pepper-sprayed, and beaten with a club. Following the beat down, Halevy
was hit with a felony
charge of assaulting a police officer, as well as four
misdemeanor charges and four violations, including trespassing,
resisting arrest, and harassment.
Halevy’s crime: sleeping on a couch at a synagogue and outreach center for troubled
youth in Crown Heights. He had permission to be there, and had been staying there for about a month.
the beating was caught on tape (embedded above), which clearly shows that Halevi never
assaulted anyone. Nor was he trespassing — or harassing anyone. He was
The incident prompted local pols to question how many similar
beatings — and BS criminal charges — occur but are never questioned;
in most cases, it’s the word of a suspected criminal versus that of a
cop — a scenario where the cop wins almost every time.
“If not for the clear evidence of this video, we might believe that
Mr. Halevi had committed the crime he was accused of, which included
assaulting an officer of the law,” says Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind,
an Orthodox Jew who represents Brooklyn. “But the video
proves this was a lie. How many similar claims by law enforcement
officers are equally fictitious?”
We sent the Brooklyn D.A. an
email asking whether any decision has been made to charge the officer
who dished out the beating with any crimes. We’re yet to hear back.
Check back for updates.
*UPDATE*: The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office says it’s yet to decide whether to charge the officer with any crimes. “It’s still an investigation,” a D.A. spokesperson tells the Voice.