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NYPD Downplays Antisemitic Hate Crime Assault

A female police officer in Crown Heights’s 71st NYPD Precinct – who decided to cover up a possible hate crime – is now in the hot seat after the enraged victim went public with his shocking story.

The incident unfolded Saturday late evening after Shabbat on Eastern Parkway alongside Rochester Park between Utica Ave and Rochester Ave around 2:15am when the Jewish victim and two friends were approached by a group of five black male teenagers. One of the group suddenly veered towards the victim, saying “You f*cking Jewish murderers” as he slapped him in the back of the head and knocking his yarmulka off.

According to the shocked victim, the attacker continued to spew hate as he walked away saying “Gotchu you monkeys” as they entered Rochester Park.

The Jewish advocacy group exposing Jew hatred – StopAntisemitism – tweeted about the incident, stating it was outrageous.

The incident was witnessed by another Jewish man who quickly took action to intervene. Shomrim and 911 were called, with the volunteers and responders from the 77th Precinct arriving quickly. Unfortunately, as the incident took place in the 71st Precinct, nothing could be done by the NYPD until an officer from the correct Precinct arrived.

And when they did finally arrive, things went from bad to worse. “We called the police and got a call back,” the victim told CrownHeights.info. “She says ‘Why would someone slap you?’ She gave me the feeling that she did not believe me so much.”

The arriving officer, identified as 16 year veteran of the NYPD Officer Jennifer Livingston, stepped out of her patrol car, and without even doing any investigation, is quoted by the victim and witness as having said “I already spoke with my supervisor, it’s not going to be a hate crime.”

In front of the shocked victim and witnesses, the officer went on to downplay the incident and refused to call for a supervising officer even when asked to directly.

The incident went downhill from there.

“I felt that the attitude of the policewoman was not too positive,” one of the witnesses of the assault told CrownHeights.info. “She was questioning our story, questioning our validity that such a thing could happen.”

The officers took the victim on the obligatory “canvass search”, where the victim is driven around in an effort to find the perpetrators. As soon as they entered the park, they were flagged down by a group of people who had also been targeted by the group.

According to one of the victim’s friends who joined the canvas of the park, the officer immediately began to again downplay the incident. “So she started saying how it could have been free speech, and that they can express themselves the way they want.”

When the officers and victim completed their canvas and arrived back at the scene of the crime, the female officer and her partner’s NYPD-issued body cameras had been turned off, after which they proceeded to thoroughly throw the entire incident under the rug.

“While taking the report, the officer literally victim-shamed the Jewish man,” another witness who requested to remain anonymous told CrownHeights.info. “She told him in essence that he should have stayed off the sidewalk and it was his fault he was there.”

After initially not wanting to take any report at all, the officer eventually relented, taking the victim’s story and reporting it as an harassment.

Understandably, the victim and witnesses were furious. When pressed on why the incident was not being handled as a possible hate crime, the officer stated that the NYPD takes reports based on what the Brooklyn District Attorney will prosecute, leaving the incident to be reported as a simple harassment.

“She took down the information and said it was not a hate crime,” the victim said.

Stuck without recourse, the victim and witnesses spoke with CrownHeights.info, hoping to pull the mask off of this corrupt cop in the 71st Precinct.

Contacted by CrownHeights.info about the crime, a source from the 71st precinct stated that the officers involved have been retrained on investigating bias incidents and will be subjected to disciplinary action as a result of improperly reporting the incident.

Source: https://crownheights.info/crime/816772/hate-crime-cover-up-exposed-in-the-71st-precinct-after-jewish-man-assaulted-by-hate-spewing-teens/