Mon­sey Jews Protest 'Anti-Semitic Abuse' of 3-Year-Old Boy

Jewish res­i­dents of Mon­sey, New York say 3-year-old boy was vi­o­lently thrown into squad car af­ter he was locked out of his home

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: David Rosen­berg

Mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity in Mon­sey, New York are up in arms over the al­leged mis­treat­ment of a three­year-old haredi child who was re­port­edly thrown into the back of a po­lice squad car af­ter be­ing left out­side of his home.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred last Fri­day af­ter­noon when the three­and-a-half-year-old boy re­turned home from sum­mer school to find that the doors of his home were locked and no one ap­peared to be home.

A non-Jewish neigh­bor wit­nessed the boy sit­ting out­side of the front door, and no­ti­fied po­lice.

Be­fore a po­lice squad car ar­rived, an­other neigh­bor, a mem­ber of the haredi com­mu­nity, took the boy in­side his home to wait for his par­ents to ar­rive.

When the po­lice came, they spoke with the neigh­bor who had taken the child in to wait for his par­ents, then left the scene, leav­ing the child in the care of the neigh­bor.

Shortly there­after, how­ever, the of­fi­cers re­turned, say­ing that they were obliged to take the child to a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion to wait for his par­ents, and that they could not leave him in the neigh­bor’s cus­tody.

Wit­nesses say that the child was fright­ened by the prospect of leav­ing his neigh­bor­hood with the of­fi­cers, and that the of­fi­cers threw the boy into the back of the squad car.

“The boy was thrown like a sack of pota­toes into the car,” a wit­ness said, Be­hadrei Haredim re­ported.

Af­ter wait­ing at the sta­tion for roughly an hour, a rel­a­tive came to pick up the boy and take him home.

The boy’s fam­ily and wit­nesses claim the po­lice mis­treated the child, throw­ing him into the back of the po­lice care with no ap­par­ent con­cern for his well-be­ing, and that no steps were taken to calm the ter­ri­fied boy, who was so fright­ened that he wet his pants dur­ing the drive to the sta­tion.

Ou­traged mem­bers of the lo­cal haredi com­mu­nity blasted the of­fi­cers’ be­hav­ior, and or­ga­nized a protest, sched­uled for 4:00 p.m. lo­cal time Sun­day.

“Dear Mon­sey res­i­dents,”

or­ga­niz­ers wrote in their an­nounce­ment, “we all know what hap­pened last Fri­day, when two of­fi­cers dragged a three-anda-half-year-old boy to a po­lice car with no le­gal right! Dragged him from the house [of a neigh­bor] to a po­lice car, with the child in shock [caus­ing him] to wet him­self in the po­lice car. That is out­ra­geous! This is ab­so­lutely anti-Semitic, they had no le­gal right to take a per­son from in­side a home with­out a war­rant or a court or­der!”

Mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity in Mon­sey, New York are up in arms over the al­leged mis­treat­ment of a three-year-old haredi child who was re­port­edly thrown into the back of a po­lice squad car af­ter be­ing left out­side of his home.

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