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Brooklyn, NY - NYPD: No Bias In Crown Heights School Bus Fire

Published on: May 13, 2016 05:08 PM
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The NYPD released surveillance video of five boys wanted for arson of a school bus in Crown Heights.The NYPD released surveillance video of five boys wanted for arson of a school bus in Crown Heights.

Brooklyn, NY - One day after four more juveniles were arrested for setting fire to a school bus parked in front of a Crown Heights girls’ school, the NYPD has dropped hate crime charges against all of the young arsonists.
As previously reported on VIN News(http://goo.gl/5TpQzu),  a total of five boys were arrested in the blaze which took place at the corner of Lefferts and Brooklyn Avenues in front of the Beth Rivka school on Sunday evening.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the decision to drop the hate crime charges was made after a meeting between police and lawyers for the five boys, who range in age between 11 and 14 years old. 

Police had originally classified the incident as a bias crime because at least one of the boys said that he knew the bus was affiliated a Jewish school when the fire was ignited and because it was the second time that Crown Heights’ Jewish community had been targeted in less than one week. In the previous incident, a side view mirror of a school bus parked near a yeshiva was broken by a brick, although police said there was no evidence to prove that the two crimes were related.

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Each of the boys still face arson and criminal mischief charges and have been released to the custody of their parents.  All five will be tried in Brooklyn Family Court.


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 May 13, 2016 at 05:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Unbelievable. Dare accuse a black of committing a crime, and you're racist. But when the reverse happens, there's a total double standard.

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 May 13, 2016 at 05:22 PM Anonymous Says:

If it were the opposite a Jewish boy torching a black school bus it would be considerd a hate crime. The double standard is sickening.

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 May 15, 2016 at 12:28 AM yankee96 Says:

remember election day who you elected and vote these officials out of office

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 May 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Unbelievable. Dare accuse a black of committing a crime, and you're racist. But when the reverse happens, there's a total double standard.

Unlike you, I actually was a criminal prosecutor. I can assure you that hate crime charges require a certain level of proof and that the charges were only dropped because the DA didn't have the proof. If you are interested in seeing what proof of racism or discrimination would be, please read postings on this site. You will find many people willing to share their ignorant hatred publicly.

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