At around 1:30am Shomrim received a distressed call from a Bochur who was approached by a black male on the corner of Kingston and Carroll who said to him “this is going to be a stickup or a homicide”. The Bochur who was walking and talking on his cell phone when he was approached by the perp told his friend on the other end of the line “there is this Black guy trying to mug me”, upon hearing this, the would-be-mugger hit the Bochur in the head knocking his phone out of his hand and ran.
The call to Shomrim prompted an immediate canvass of the area by numerous members, who spotted a group of bystanders holding a black male who matched the description of the perp on Carroll between Troy and Schenectady, apparently the bystanders saw the perp running and a canvass going on they thought it was related and grabbed him and notified Shomrim.
Police were called, and a single cop car arrived within a few minutes and immediately called for backup, due to the large crowed that had gathered, and when they arrived they began telling people to leave the block. Police began looking into the incident and heard the complaint and positive identification of the victim, and then heard from a different bystander that the group had beat the perp, who the police confirmed was 15 years old.
After hearing complaints from both sides police decided to let the perp go saying that the victim did an illegal thing trying to follow the perp and calling Shomrim, police said that he should have called 911 and should have never looked for the perp.
The 71st precinct is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau for the hundreds of complaints filed to the CCRB [Civil Complaints Review Board] and to the IAB which included a broad range of irregularities in performing police duties at the precinct, this investigation is what led to the dismissal of the infamous duo, Lee and Ditto. Furthermore, the precinct has gained some media attention in news outlets like the Daily News as one of the worst and most under performing precincts in New York City, with the single larges leap in murders this year so far. Resident couldn’t help but notice all this, which is what prompted these complaints and ultimately the investigation.
Ever since the inception of Shomrim, a Volunteer Community Patrol, it had been a mark on the NYPD showing the fact that police have been doing an inadequate job requiring a group of volunteers to step up and try and help matters, and unlike in communities like Boro Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg where the local precincts work hand in hand with the Shomrim Patrols in order to provide a safe environment and utilize the patrols as part of its resources the 71st precinct works actively and aggressively against the Crown Heights Shomrim division and even the Crown Heights Hatzalah division, which range from ticketing vehicles on emergency calls, to calling it illegal to call Shomrim when in trouble, as had been done last night.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! If you are the victim of any crime R”L or were a witness to one, do not hesitate to call Shomrim at (718) 774-3333 24/7 followed by which you can call 911.