Originally posted on WIS June 8, 2009
A top Jewish leader of a new Crown Heights, Brooklyn, neighborhood patrol group created to improve racial harmony has a criminal record for beating a black girl 14 years ago, the Daily News has learned.
Leib Skoblo, 33, who appeared with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at the group’s launch last week, spewed racial epithets and punched a black girl in 1995, court records show.
victim said he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a group designed to lower tensions between blacks and Jews.
Goudy’s ordeal began as she walked her little sister to school at Public School 161 on Crown St. on March 30, 1995.
Leib Skoblo’s younger brother, who was 12 years old at the time, started taunting her with racial slurs, Goudy recalled.
Skoblo, then 19, and his mother, Ella, followed Goudy and chased her away from the school screaming threats.
Leib Skoblo finally caught up with the much younger girl on Nostrand Ave. nearby and took a swing at her.
“He hit me so hard it stunned me,” she said. “It left me a nice bruise.”
Skoblo and his mother were both arrested, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child on Sept. 27, 1995, and was sentenced to three years of probation.
The nasty incident didn’t prevent Skoblo from being feted last week as one of the coordinators for the new integrated
Crown Heights patrol.
He and the group were outfitted with black jackets, ID cards and hybrid cars with NYPD emblems after 60 hours oftraining.
“The Police Department is reviewing the matter, including his application to participate,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.
Leib Skoblo said he was too busy to talk yesterday, and his family later said he had left for a vacation in Israel.
His sister said cops should have known about Skoblo’s record.
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