CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — On Wednesday night, the first night of the holiday of Sukkos, police went in an all out war with the community’s neighborhood Jewish volunteer patrol, Shomrim.
As thousands of residents were on their way home from Shul they were treated to a rather bizarre sight of a massive NYPD tow truck hooking up the Shomrim Mobile Command Post and towing it away.
After more then 5 years in which Shomrim has been parking the vehicle on Kingston and Crown for better access, in case of an incident heaven forbid, and as a deterrence, police decided to show the community that it is only the cops that they can rely on to protect or to help them.
Last year Simchas Beis Hashueva police wrote the command post no less than 15 tickets, in an attempt to intimidate and to scare off Shomrim from the service that they perform, costing Shomrim over $3,000 in fines.
This year resident watched in horror as Sergeant Robert Troise stood and commanded the reluctant tow truck driver to move the command post. The driver at first refused to stating that it was too large to safely tow, but after Mr. Troise yelled at him that he must tow the truck he yielded and towed it away.
“The command post belongs to the community” said Aron Hershkop, one of the coordinators of Shomrim. “The festive event that runs on the nights of Sukkos has no provisions for how to deal with missing children, or victims of minor crimes,” he said adding that this is that void that Shomrim has been filling for the past 5 years on the corner of Crown and Kingston and for the 10 years before that on Montgomery and Kingston, both of which Shomrim was forbidden from parking there.
This is yet another attack in an elaborate series that was perpetrated by Inspector Peter Simonetti, commanding officer of the precinct, in his bid to crush and destroy Shomrim, one which they vowed would not deter them.
“It’s a modern day David versus Goliath” said another Shomrim coordinator, “the police being Goliath, and the community being David left without the services it demands.”
For the time being the Shomrim Command Post is fully functional and operating in the alleyway between Dr. Rosens office and Primo Hatters on Kingston Avenue.
HOW IT CAME TO THIS (FROM THE BEGINNING), …..POLICE REPORTS GONE MISSING….IAB…RECORDINGS…. ALL THIS COMING UP.