Borough Park, NY - David Flores Acquitted Of Attempted Murder Charge, Outrage Felt In Jewish Community
Last updated on: November 27, 2013 04:17 PM
Borough Park, NY - A Brooklyn man was cleared of almost all the charges on Wednesday relating to a 2010 incident involving the man and Shomrim volunteers.
According to the NY Daily News (http://bit.ly/18HPyTs) David Flores, 37 was convicted only on possessing a gun. He was acquitted of 15 other charges, including attempted murder and assault. Flores fired his gun in a Borough Park street in 2010 after his car was blocked by local community members, who believed he had just committed a lewd sexual act in front of children.
During the five-week trial, prosecutors alleged that the Shomrim had been following Flores, believing he was guilty of performing the same lewd act one week earlier. The prosecution argued that the Shomrim only jumped him when he pulled a gun. The attack left him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the arm.
Shomrim volunteers Abe Kaztow, Motty Brauner, Joel Klein and Motty Perl were shot.
Flores’s lawyers said his acts were done self-defense, and described an angry mob pounding on Flores’ car and attempting to drag him outside.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind stated, “It’s beyond comprehension. Four unarmed people shot and hospitalized. How was this sick individual not found guilty? How could the DA possible lose this case? Now Flores is out and capable of creating more mayhem? This is our justice system upside down. It’s insane!”
The unarmed Shomrim volunteers oversee the safety of the neighborhood, and many of the Orthodox Jewish locals call them first in the event of an emergency.
Flores still faces between five to 15 years in prison at a sentencing next month. He has already been in jail for three years awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, Councilman David G. Greenfield is requesting that Flores receive the maximum sentence allowed under law.
Councilman Greenfield is now urging the judge presiding over the case to send a clear message that illegal guns will not be tolerated in New York City by handing down the maximum sentence allowed under the law when Flores is sentenced next month.
“It was very upsetting to hear that this individual will not be held fully accountable for his reckless actions, including shooting four volunteer neighborhood patrol members at close range. At the same time, I am relieved that the jury agreed that we cannot tolerate individuals carrying illegal guns around our city. I am calling on the judge overseeing next month’s sentencing to consider the importance of keeping illegal guns off our streets and sentence this individual to the maximum sentence allowed,” said Councilman Greenfield.
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