New York City has agreed to pay a $100,000 settlement to a inebriated Brooklyn man who refused to leave a Crown Heights Jewish center when ordered to do so by a volunteer security guard and then by police.
Man Beaten By Police In Crown Heights Chabad Center Gets $100,000 Settlement From NYC
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
New York City has agreed to pay a $100,000 settlement to a inebriated Brooklyn man who refused to leave a Crown Heights Jewish center when ordered to do so by a volunteer security guard and then by police, the Daily News reported.
Twenty-two year old Ehud Halevy was sleeping in the Aliya Institute on October 8, 2012. A security guard called police after Halevy allegedly began wandering around the center undressed and refused to leave it when ordered to by the security guard.
Police arrived and asked Halevy to leave. He refused and then resisted arrest.
Security camera footage showed Halevy resisting officers Officers Luis Vega and Yelena Bruzzese, who responded by attempting to restrain Halevy. Halevy continued to resist and was beaten by the two officers for a brief time until police backup arrived and subdued him.
NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau reportedly investigated the incident and cleared Vega and Bruzzese.
Nevertheless, the city chose to settle Halevy’s lawsuit rather than defend police actions in court.
Halevy reportedly had permission to sleep in the center but did not have permission to walk around inside it undressed.
The incident took place at the end of the High Holidays, and the building was frequented, even in the middle of the night, by women as well as by men, prompting the security guard to order Halevy to get dressed and leave.
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[Hat Tip: Burich.]