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Brooklyn, NY - Jewish Groups Say Hate Crime Charge Against Shuchat Unwarranted

Published on: November 24, 2011 10:32 AM
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Yitzhak Shuchat who was arrested in Israel and is being extradited at the request of the United States government. A few years ago, Yitzi, a volunteer patrol member, responded to a call involving two African Americans. He is being accused of committing a Yitzhak Shuchat who was arrested in Israel and is being extradited at the request of the United States government. A few years ago, Yitzi, a volunteer patrol member, responded to a call involving two African Americans. He is being accused of committing a

Brooklyn, NY - One week after an Israeli court approved Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ request to extradite a former Crown Heights resident to the United States in order to face charges of a 2008 bias attack, people are rallying to his support, calling the district attorney’s campaign politically motivated and a miscarriage of justice.

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Yitzchak Shuchat, who now lives outside of Tel Aviv, was indicted for second degree assault as a hate crime, following the alleged April 2008 beating of a black man, Andrew Charles, on Albany Avenue in Crown Heights.  Shuchat, a member of the Shmira crime patrol was responding to a report of two black men throwing rocks at a fourteen year old Jewish girl when the alleged attack occured.  An arrest warrant was issued for Shuchat four weeks after the incident, but by that time a nervous Shuchat had left the United States, first for Canada, before finally settling in Israel.

Charles, the son of Moses Charles, an NYPD officer, stated openly on News 12 that he believed the attack was an isolated attack and was not racially motivated.  Despite the protests of both Shuchat and Charles, the attack was labeled a bias crime and the district attorney’s office convened a grand jury to conduct an investigation, something that Charles Hynes has done only four times in his twenty two year career as a district attorney.

“We feel the DA’s office has gone over and above the norm to try to bring Yitzhak to trial and bring him back as a trophy to the black community, perhaps because of his father’s position within the NYPD,” Levi Freundlich, Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council, a Crown Heights based organization that is attempting to raise awareness of this case.  “We are suspicious of the district attorney’s motives and consider this to be a gross miscarriage of justice.”

With just weeks left to appeal the extradition, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind sent a two page letter to Yaakov Ne’eman, Israel’s Minister of Justice, asking him to consider the facts of the case very seriously.

“What makes this a hate crime?” Dov Hikind asked in a VIN News interview.  “Based on the simple facts, a patrol went to a location where criminal activity was reported.  They went out to protect the community and resulted in what we are now faced with, being charged with a hate crime.  I’m sorry, I just don’t see it and I hope my letter will persuade the Minister of Justice to take a closer look and see that this is an alleged assault not a hate crime.”

DA Hynes raised eyebrows at the time by comparing the Shmira patrol to gang members saying, as quoted in the Daily News, “You can’t have a group, whether it’s the Bloods, Crips of Shmira, acting like vigilantes.”

But others questioned Hynes’ strong reaction to this question, questioning his motives.

“They are looking for a scapegoat because this was a police officer’s son,” Daniel Goldstein, Shuchat’s uncle, told the Daily News in 2008.

If convicted, Shuchat faces up to fifteen years in prison.

A web site to help Shuchat was set up by Jewish groups here 


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 Nov 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM Anonymous Says:

This poor shnook is being extradited. However, the child molestor Avrohom Mondrowitz has yet to be extradited back to face justice.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

I thought that the Israelis don't extradite Jews from Israel, back to other countries? Isn't that a violation of Halacha?

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I thought that the Israelis don't extradite Jews from Israel, back to other countries? Isn't that a violation of Halacha?

They also have pork stores open on shabbos. That's also a violation of halacha. Does this surprise you?

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM Ben_Kol Says:

Extradite him and let the NY courts decide whether it was a hate crime.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 01:13 PM Liepa Says:

Shame on you, charles hynes.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 01:31 PM FBF37 Says:

If the fellow thought he was innocent he never should have ran. By running he dug himself a deeper hole. I do agree it was most likley not a hate crime but the fellow should have had a cooler head.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 02:02 PM mendel Says:

This case seems anti semetic .Hynes uses a religous jew to prosecute shuchat to show everyone he is not out to get shuchat and tries to down play the situation

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 02:13 PM MartinGold Says:

Why is this being called a "hate Crime" & when the jewish man was assaulted few weeks ago friday night in williamsburg at lee & ross was not called a " hate crime" !!!???? Because a jew assaulted a non jewish person its a crime !!!???.... #discrimination #NYC

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 02:33 PM Sherree Says:

If Israel is all set on extraditing him, doesn't that prove that Linda Reede and the prosecution was "WRONG" in denying SMR bail because he would flee to Israel etc.?

As far as this being the son of a police officer, why isn't Hines investigating what the police officers are doing to the Jewish people in Crown Heights? That is an investigations way past due.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 02:50 PM enlightened-yid Says:

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mendel Says:

This case seems anti semetic .Hynes uses a religous jew to prosecute shuchat to show everyone he is not out to get shuchat and tries to down play the situation

When Hynes goes aggressive on hate crimes against Jews in Brooklyn he is a hero. The bigger fear I suspect is the implication on other "patrol" groups who have a history of acting like gang mobs. It's up to the trial jury to decide whether it was a hate crime or just an assault, but innocent this guy is not. He seriously assaulted a person and ran away to Israel because he understood well that his actions were criminal.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

If we don't want to have more SMRs held without bail because of a fear they will run away to EY and not be subject to extradition thats fine. But don't cry gevalt when frum yidden who are convicted felons like SMR are subject to preventive detention. Hynes is correct to seek to get this guy back to Brooklyn to face charges.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 03:46 PM david the man Says:

What do you call a serious assualt? His chief complaint was that he had a bruise on his arm and they discharged him 5 minutes later from the hospital with a advil. This goes on in a school yard everyday
Seems like to me that this entire situation is blown out of perportion by Hynes . Shuchat sat in jail for 75 days and has been in house arrest for 4 moths . I think he paid his dues million times already. Shuchat should sue the Da and police dpt . This a hate crime against shuchat because he is jewish
may g-d protect him from all evil

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 05:32 PM don't be one track minded Says:

You can make the argument both ways, would you think the same if a black patrolman would've beaten a jewish guy?

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 05:37 PM fat36 Says:

what with all the numerous incidents between black and hassidim that happened in the past few years? its a two way street.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 08:28 PM HaHaHa Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I thought that the Israelis don't extradite Jews from Israel, back to other countries? Isn't that a violation of Halacha?

Since when is Israel a Jewish state?
Jewish means religious as the Talmud explains why Mordechai was called "Ish Yehudi" although he was from the tribe of Benjamin and not Yehudah and the Talmud explains that Yehudi means the religion.
The only one that have it right are the "Neturei Karta" althaugh I don't agree with all of their action.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 10:19 PM stamm Says:

Shuchat running is no proof that he knew he did something wrong. He ran because he knew he was massered upon and he might not be judged justly , the black guy being a police officer's son.
why is he guilty? Did he randomly pick a guy and assaulted him? He was called to come to the rescue bec. this guy was doing something dangerous.
Those that massered on him , well they are oiver on not having rachmonus al momoinom shel yisroel since they are now collecting to fight against his extradition.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Liepa Says:

Shame on you, charles hynes.

Charlie Hynes, the fork-tongued Brooklyn District Attorney compared Shuchat, a Shmira member to the Crips and Bloods. But we haven't heard that he should go after them with such zeal. An easy, and politically correct target. But when reelection time rolls around, he likes to be photographed with our local "Shvitzers", who shall remain nameless.

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 Nov 25, 2011 at 02:25 AM Avi Says:

If your a Jew today and have issues with American courts, YOU LOSE! Israel please keep this Yid in Israel. They always give the Jews full maximum punishment. Despite it all.

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 Nov 25, 2011 at 02:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

If we don't want to have more SMRs held without bail because of a fear they will run away to EY and not be subject to extradition thats fine. But don't cry gevalt when frum yidden who are convicted felons like SMR are subject to preventive detention. Hynes is correct to seek to get this guy back to Brooklyn to face charges.

Your blind, I have seen too many cases against Yidden go to far in the wrong direction of injustice rather than true justice. Then the Yidden sit around and say Oy Vah if he is in Israel he should be protected and kept there.

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 Nov 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM simchehbunim Says:

what a shame, this is a guy who has been involved in bikur choilim and chesed shel emes his whole life, its a chutzpa for anyone that calls himself a frum yid to speak a bad word about this guy, especially if you dont know the situation, growing up in crown heights I owe my life to guys like Yitzie, who took the fall to keep our streets safe

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