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Brooklyn, NY - Police Commissioner Kelly Made Surprised Visit to Crown Heights

Published on: May 20, 2008 07:50 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - after the spate of attacks and increased crime in crown heights last night N.Y. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly made a surprise visit to the area accompanied by heavy guard. Following his visit the amount of police patrolling Crown Heights rose dramatically.

Kelly arrived in the neighborhood at about 10 PM He didn’t say much but listned to their grievances and to stories from victims who were attacked in the past. Following a short stop over the Beis Shmuel synagogue he left the neighborhood.

Some residents so far are satisfied with the increase of patrolmen on the streets, one can see a police officer on every corner of the blocks. But others caution against being overly enthusiastic “they are just here to decorate the Commissioner’s visit and in the coming days you won’t se them here anymore.”

Rabbi Yosi Jacobson was in middle of his weekly shiur with the members of his congregation Beis Shmuel. and unexpectedliy Commissioner Kelly walked in.

Rabbi Jacobson complained to the Commissioner about the lack of security in the neighborhood to which the Commissioner retorted that he had worked in this neighborhood many years ago and the neighborhood is much safer today than it was 10-20 years ago. “If you ask me if that is perfect, I will so no, problems will always pop up here and there.”


Jacobson replied: One of the Nazis that was put on trial for war crimes told the American judge that if he would have known that 6 million Jews would have been killed in the war he would not have participated in it because he intended on killing only one Jew.” The judge who didn’t like the answer said, “the moment you take the life of one innocent person there is no difference between one and six million.”

Kelly did not like the comparison and responded angrily: “C’mon don’t give me that, don’t tell me things have not improved. Tell me where there is one other state that will give you the protection you are getting here.”

Rabbi Jacobson immediately tried to calm things down and said “we thank you and pray that you utilize the power that G-d gave you protect the residents of this neighborhood.”


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 May 20, 2008 at 07:59 AM Anonymous Says:

What Hashgacha Protis that he walked into Rabbi Jacobson's Shiur. Here is a man who is not afraid to say it like it is.
What nerve Ray Kelly has to downplay all of the horrific incidents as "things pop up here and there."

If it happened to his relative he would be outraged at what's going on.
In the Jewish community we are all brothers (even brothers fight sometimes). You hurt one, you hurt all.


 May 20, 2008 at 08:01 AM Anon Says:

Kelly for Mayor! Yasher Koach, Kelly is a finer mentsch!


 May 20, 2008 at 08:11 AM lavdafka Says:

from this article it seems that NYPD is taking this situation very seriously
racking their brains, to see what to do.


 May 20, 2008 at 09:16 AM Perhaps this is the issue that needs to be addresed Says:

The issues are not which group is wrong or better. The issue is. That the NYC police department is not doing the job they are supposed to do.
Why does it take 50 bullets for the police department to do its job? Why are the police in constant fear of retribution? The police department should bestow authority, respect, and fear on the criminal elements, which are overwhelmingly ready to take advantage of us.


 May 20, 2008 at 09:23 AM lavdafka Says:

I just looked into it a little more... different video on the net.... no proof that they are really, really serious and figuring out a plan .. time will tell if they are restructuring police’ lax attitude or just goofing off as they have been.. I HATE TO BREAK THE NEWS TO YOU, KELLY, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN HOW MANY POLICE YOU POSITION IN CROWN HEIGHTS.. IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE GOOFING OFF, AS THEY HAVE BEEN, (I SAW IT FIRST HAND!) THEN THEIR WORTHLESS!!!


 May 20, 2008 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

there isnt a neighborhood in NYC that isnt safer than it was 20 yrs ago and Kelly had nothing to do wioth it. We have Rudy to thank for that. And it is a stupid and insulting position to take anyway. So what if it is safer - what does it have to do with the price of tea in China. And with all due respect to Rabbi Jacobsen - bringing up the holocaust often creates an antagonistic environment with those that we are dealing with that are not jewish. And since we want something FROm them it dosent always make sense to bring it up. I am not disagreeing with the principle he was referring to but in terms of dealing with the government it can sometimes be likened to blacks bringing up salvery all the time to justify their perceived injustices. We have legitimate complaints with NYPD that stand on their own.


 May 20, 2008 at 10:23 AM Anonymous Says:

I'm at all not impressed with rabbi Jacobson's way of talking to a high official, especially when he came down in person to show support, and he tries to compare the malchus shel chesed to nazi's, common. the yiddishe way is begging and pleading, not fighting and accusing, we're still in golus.


 May 20, 2008 at 10:55 AM Anonymous Says:

And where did all the begging and pleading get us till now? He wasn't comparing America to Nazi's.
He was comparing the criminals, who's aim it is to kill us, to a Nazi wanting to kill "only one Jew".


 May 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Kelly needs to put plainclothes cops in the streets at 11 pm to 3am dressed as chasidim walking alone and see what they catch. The perpetrators are still there waiting for the police presence to leave. He needs to put out the cheese to catch the rats and lock them away. The precinct commander is incompetent.


 May 20, 2008 at 11:22 AM lavdafka Says:

11:08 , I couldn't agree with u more! thank you!


 May 20, 2008 at 11:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Let's not forget that kelly is expected be a leading contender for the NYC mayoral raise.

he may be using this oppurtunity to secure the all-important jewish vote.

don't forget he recently visited satmar


 May 20, 2008 at 01:30 PM Mr Gordon Says:

to bad i didn't get to tell Commissioner Kelly what inspector Vega told me yesterday when i met him regarding a police report that was displaced by the police department
Vega said Quote "its a big department...things happen..nothing we can do about it


 May 20, 2008 at 01:32 PM During the riots Says:

It is most interesting to note that Ray Kelley was the assistant commissioner during the riots of 1991. Isnt interesting that things are brewing up during the time that he servs as commissioner.


 May 20, 2008 at 01:34 PM To: Mr Gordon Says:

When they lose the report (there have been more lost reports than saved ones) they make Bloomberg look like a perfect mayor


 May 20, 2008 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

He didn't happen to walk into Rabbi Jacobsons shiur. He pulled up in front of 770. One of the Bais Shmuel members happen to be walking by and quickly called the shul President. They quickly invited Ray Kelley to join them.

Rabbi Jacobson and the other shul members spoke well and told the commissioner about all the incidents included the Bais Shmuel member that got attacked by stones as he walked out of shul this past shabbos, and the school bus in which a stone barely missed a sleeping kindergarden child. In all the incidents the police did not catch anyone, which makes them think they can get away with more. We have to speak out strongly, people are scared to let their children out of the house!


 May 20, 2008 at 02:10 PM crown heighter Says:

only last night i saw an increse in police today i bearly see any one trick they have is to put emty car's and scotters


 May 20, 2008 at 04:14 PM Anonymous Says:

You al misssed the point. R' Jacobson did not compare anyone to Nazis. He just brought out a point. Even one Jew hurt, is one toomany. When we are not sensitive to the plight of one person, soon we will not be sinsitive to the plight of many!

As the Yiddish saying goes: Oyf der ganev's kop brent dos hittel!!!


 May 26, 2008 at 11:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Oh come on. Why is it that when a crime happens to a Jewish person you have to scream racial bias (Nazis) and the like. Utterly ridiculous and if you were actually in a concentration camp you wouldn't dare make such a foolish comparison. For years the Jewish community has been catered to more so than any other community and that is the real bias. Then you have the Chutzpah to condemn the police, shame on you for biting the hand that has actually protected you for so many years!!!!!!!!


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