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NYPD’s Relentless Persecution of Shomrim Escalates

CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — After more than a year of relentless persecution by officers of the 71st Precinct against members of the Crown Heights Shomrim, they have apparently decided that this is still not enough, and have since escalated their efforts, launching a coordinated assault on the volunteer security organization.

Since the beginning of 2010 marked Shomrim vehicles have been the target of a steady stream of citations by various agencies, from traffic cops to police officers. Now one officer – who has himself written tens of such violations – took it to the next level by pulling over a marked Shomrim scooter.

Officer PO Sanz – [Officer ID 934276] – who is assigned to the 71st Precinct, has written Shomrim over 50 parking summonses – most of which were without merit, and have been dismissed. Today, officer Sanz pulled over a Shomrim Scooter and wrote the driver three tickets – all of them without any conceivable merit.

“This marks a new record for the police department in their ongoing war against Shomrim” said a Shomrim coordinator; “we never asked for special treatment, all we want is equal treatment, and this is pure vindictive targeting” he said.

“Nowadays we need to fear the cops more than we do the criminals we come into contact with” added another Shomrim volunteer.

When asked what Shomrim intends to do to protect themselves, they said “whatever it takes.” in the meantime, complaints have been filed with the Internal Affairs Bureau and Civilian Complaint Review Board.

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19 Comments To "NYPD’s Relentless Persecution of Shomrim Escalates"

#1 Comment By CHJCC to Blame On May 18, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

NYPD does this on orders from the people at the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council Inc.

Thats wht when people complain against the police, the police run to the CHJCC and cry foil, then the CHJCC comes out with an edict (taking away mine and your civil rights).

The CHJCC has an agenda to destroy anything they can’t control.

#2 Comment By pls explain On May 18, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

what is the video showing?

#3 Comment By Disgrace On May 19, 2011 @ 12:58 am

what a disgrace to the NYPD

#4 Comment By jason On May 19, 2011 @ 12:37 am

It’s seems like an interesting story, but it would help if you showed clearer photo’s of the violations.

The video is also unclear as to what is going on.

#5 Comment By chexposed On May 18, 2011 @ 11:38 pm


Crown Height Shomrim scooters being targeted by the inspector of the 71st precinct, Peter Semminetti.
Also notice how the traffic agent mentions the guys up on Eastern Pkwy and the other Scooter guys, known as the Shmira/COP.

As of July 3rd, 2009, the word coming out of the precinct is, that every officer was ordered to ticket anything Shomrim!. Whos behind all this? What was the crimes that the volunteers of Shomrim committed? How will this end?

#6 Comment By Milhouse On May 19, 2011 @ 1:16 am

What exactly is the video showing? I didn’t see anything in it to get upset about. What were these three tickets you got today for? It’s nice that you tell us they were “without any conceivable merit”, but why do you expect us to take your word for that? How can we possibly decide whether you’re right if you won’t tell us what they were for, and why they couldn’t be right?

#7 Comment By Shomrim we stand by you! On May 19, 2011 @ 1:45 am

Jealousy & hatred can lead to a lot of things dirty things. How sad is it that they are targeting Shomrim? A group of guys who take time and risks just for their community. They do not deserve this.

And to all those with all your negativity put your name on your comments and call Shomrim tomorrow to volunteer. Put your money where your mouth is.

#8 Comment By Rubashkin On May 19, 2011 @ 4:11 am

In zchus of Rubashkin, all tickets should be annulled. Ha, Ha!!!!!!!
Maybe say Yechi 4 times.

#9 Comment By MMB On May 19, 2011 @ 5:23 am

the cop is a trashbag. then they wonder why everyone hates them.

#10 Comment By Annoyed On May 19, 2011 @ 4:15 am

This is the same guy that sits on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm on Lefferts between Brooklyn and New York and gives tickets for the illegal right turn. He’s clearly missing some love in his life.

#11 Comment By to millhouse On May 19, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

the video is showing vehicles that are dedicated to serve and protect this community get tickets for no apparent reason! notice the officer in the beginning of the video bending down and checking out the scooter form various angles! my question is why? do the cops always check the exterior of every parked car they ticket? obviously not! the cop was going out of his way to find something! In the meantime CH Shomrim responds to emergency calls in 3 min or less and 71 precinct is holding at over an hour response time for serious calls! None of these vehicles got tickets for blowing red lights, none of these vehicles got tickets for not coming to a complete stop at the stop sign, all they get is these BS parking tickets that these cops write. They are upset at Shomrim for not joining the COP program, and therefore taking revenge on the volunteer corps by bothering them at each and every turn. They also get encouraged by various well connected people and a certain organization to maintain the harassment of Shomrim. For one thing Shomrim proves that you don’t need a special ID to help another individual, even in the face of constant harassment they continue to thrive and help people. Like the Jews in Egypt the more they were oppressed the more they thrived! This is the same precinct that every single day someone gets shot in! that’s a fact! this is the same precinct that car thieves break into cars on weekly bases and never get caught. This is the same precinct that crime has risen in the last few months and yet we haven’t seen an improvement! I will exit with a little piece of advice to the 71, go after the muggers and thieves, and killers with the same zeal you target shomrim we might have a safer neighborhood!

#12 Comment By Shomrim Supports Me and You! On May 19, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

Shomrim Volunteers support the people of this community everyday by assisting us when we need their help.

How are you, the community supporting Shomrim?

I hope you not going to say you call them when you need them. In that case they are again supporting you.

#13 Comment By Why not go to the top? On May 19, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

If Shea Hecht is on our side ask him to speak to his friend Ray Kelly.

#14 Comment By Despite all Odds On May 19, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

It seems to me that Shomrim is like Israel – a small piece of land that everyone wants to rule over and all think it doesn’t have the right to exist, yet they continue to live on despite all odds! Go Shomrim! Continue doing your work LeShem Shamayim and Hashem will protect you and us!

#15 Comment By Mordechai On May 19, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

…When Mordechai, a proud Jew, refused to bow down, Haman was infuriated. He resolved to take revenge against all the Jews and throw lots to determine the “lucky” day when he would implement his plan. The lot fell on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar…

…Haman left the party a happy and proud man. Oh the honor he was being accorded! But standing at the king’s gate was Mordechai – who still refused to bow to Haman – and Haman was enraged. When he arrived home, his wife and wise advisors counseled him to erect a gallows, and then to go to the king and request permission to hang Mordechai. Haman excitedly went ahead and put up the gallows…

…The king was greatly angered. When he was then informed that Haman had built a gallows for Mordechai, he ordered that Haman be hanged on that very gallows…

…And the Jews in Shushan were oh so happy. Celebrations abounded!…

…On the 13th of Adar that year, the Jews throughout the Persian Empire mobilized and killed the enemies who had wanted to kill them. In Shushan, among the dead were Haman’s ten sons…

Our enemies have appeared throughout history and have representatives in every class and society. They are distinguished by their irrational, undisguised malice and never miss an opportunity to cause harm.

The reason we can’t fulfill this commandment to destroy Amalek today is because Sancharive dispersed all the nations and mixed everybody up, and we don’t know who Amalek is. Chances are that the Jewish nation has some from the nation of Amalek. Well they are finally coming out of the closet and reveling themselves to use. Yes, right here in crown Heights.

May the end of the Amalek’s/Mossrim of this generations be as their forefathers. May we merit to see very soon, the Mosrim hanging from the very same gallows they prepared for the others; the righteous Jews.

#16 Comment By top of the main page On May 19, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

This article has to be on the top of the main page, Please re-post it!

#17 Comment By To #13 On May 19, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

To #13: Are you seriously suggesting that Jewish people that are mossrim should be hung? Last time I checked, the death sentence does not apply to snitching.

#18 Comment By Milhouse On May 20, 2011 @ 2:54 am

#16, Where did you check? Obviously not the shulchon oruch, which says a mosser may be killed by anyone who is able to do so and get away with it.

#19 Comment By awacs On May 23, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

“#16, Where did you check? Obviously not the shulchon oruch, which says a mosser may be killed by anyone who is able to do so and get away with it.”

Yes and no, Milhouse.

The law permits murder (and everyone should rush to grab the mitzvah) for someone who *threatens* to mosser. If you don’t don’t feel that he is going to snitch anymore, he is *merely* required to make up the damage to the people he hurt.