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Spring Valley, NY – Toddler Dead After Being Struck By Vehicle

An 18 months old toddler died from her injuries in Westchester Hospital, after she was struck by moving vehicle Friday afternoon in the Chestnut Ridge area of Spring Valley, NY, cops said.

Monsey Hatzolah said they responded to a call of a pedestrian struck outside Becketts Court, Friday afternoon at around 1:25 pm, and found a child laying unresponsive on the road. They treated the child at the scene and transported her to the hospital.

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NYPD Steps Up Security Ahead Of High Holiday Season

nypd surveillanceThe New York City Police Department has stepped up  security in Times Square, Wall Street, subways and rail stations, as well as outside Jewish institutions, before the start of the Jewish New Year, Bloomberg news reports.

According to Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis, while there was no evidence of a specific threat, the NYPD had a duty to respond to concerns stemming from warnings on social media by the Islamic State terrorist group. Read more »

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Antwerp Jewish Community Leaders Host Pre Holiday Meeting with Law Enforcement [Photos]

1Some 100 members of the Jewish community on Wednesday gathered for an informational hearing between local community leaders, heads of Jewish organizations and institutions and local Police leaders in Antwerp, Belgium, in the run up to the Jewish High Holidays. The meeting was organized by the local CKJGA – Shmira group.

The Chief Rabbis of Machzike and Shomrei Hadas communities, as well as Rabbi Pollack, the designated coordinator with the Shmira together; the Corps Chef of Antwerp; heads of DIA and ISRA and the Info coordinator with Brussels, were in attendance. Read more »

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Florida Jewish Leaders Meet With Law Enforcement Officials in Preparation for High Holidays

20140917_113654Tallahassee, FL – An annual pre-High Holiday meeting between Jewish community leaders and Florida Highway Patrol took place on Wednesday in Florida State Police Headquarters in Tallahassee.

In attendance at the meeting were the newly appointed Executive Director of  Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Terry Rhodes who was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Colonel David Brierton; Director of Florida Highway Patrol, Lt. Colonel Kelly Hildreth; Deputy Director for Field Patrol Operations, Lt. Colonel Ernesto Duarte; Deputy Director for Special Services Command, Elizabeth Denmark; Special assistant to the FHP Director Rabbi Mark Rosenberg Chaplain with Florida Highway Patrol and Director of Chesed Shel Emes-Florida Division, Rabbi Schneur Oirechman of Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee, and Dovy Katz of Chesed Shel Emes-Forida.

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EEOC Suing Dunkin Donuts For Denying Job To Observant Jew

Dunkin-DonutsThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Citi Brands LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts, for violating federal law by refusing to hire a job applicant because of his Jewish religion, according to a lawsuit it filed last Thursday.

According to the EEOC, Darrell Littrell, an observant Jew, applied for the position of a donut maker at the Citi Brands’ manufacturing facility in Arden, N.C. in December of 2012. Read more »

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Fleeing ATM-Stealing Thieves Caught on Bklyn Red Light Camera

Two brazen thieves who were anxious to escape a crime scene — in which they pulled an ATM out of the ground in Brooklyn — were captured on camera after they drove through a red light that took a photo oftheir getaway ride, police sources told the New York Post.

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Poll: Majority of NYC Voters Want Police to Enforce Quality-of-Life Offenses

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A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday reveals that 56 percent of New York City voters believe that when the police issue summonses and make arrests for low-level offenses, that neighborhood’s quality of life is improved. In contrast, 35 percent say such police actions add to tensions in a neighborhood.

In general, 49% of black voters say that police action improves the quality of life. The respected poll further shows that New York City voters support – by a margin of 60 – 34 percent, with very little difference among black and white voters – having police issue summonses or make arrests for low-level quality of life offenses.

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Miami Jewish Community Pushes For Justice in Rabbi Raksin’s Murder

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Members of the local Jewish community in North Miami Beach gathered for a meeting Monday night to press authorities for answers in the shooting death of a rabbi who was attacked while walking to Shabbos morning synagogue prayer services. “We feel like we’re under attack and we really need to see the response that’s coming from the community leaders from law enforcement about what can be done to being this to an end,” stated area resident Steve Glueck to CBS Miami.

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JCRC’s Michael Miller Urges Respect Of Religion, Law Enforcement At Mayoral Interfaith Summit

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted on Wednesday a meeting between religious and law enforcement leaders  to call for calm and collaboration, following weeks long tension over the police-involved death of Eric Garner.

“Religion in this great city is a cause of bringing people together,” Dolan said. “It’s a bridge. It’s a source of reconciliation and peace and unity.” Read more »

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Obama: Time to Review Local Police Militarization

Gaza border(AP) - Calling for a sharp separation between the nation’s armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with military gear from the Pentagon.

The transfers have come under public scrutiny after the forceful police response to racially charged unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more »

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Feds Release Report: NY’s Juvenile Jails ‘Extremely Violent and Unsafe’

rikers(AP). New York City’s juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force,” the federal government said in a scathing report released Monday.

The report, the result of a 2 1/2-year Justice Department investigation into violence at three Rikers Island juvenile jail facilities, recommended major reforms to almost every aspect of how young offenders are treated. Read more »

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Furor Over NYPD Choking and Beating Staten Island Man To Death [Video]

choking NYPDA 400-pound Staten Island dad of six, suffering for asthma, died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, according to a video of the incident published on The Daily News website.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, is heard screaming after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he resisted an arrest. Read more »

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Miami Beach, FL – Athiest Group Compares Eruv In Pinetree Park As Sharia Law

eruvmapnmbTension is flaring up over an Eruv in Miami Beach, with the City defended it while anti-religion groups compare the symbolic measure to Sharia law.

Miami Beach city attorney Raul Aguila on Monday responded to complaints that an Eruv in Pinetree park is unconstitutional. Aguila told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) that the city-sanctioned Eruv is “consistent” with U.S. court decisions. Read more »

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Crown Heights – 11-Year-Old Boy Crossing Green Light Hit by Car, In Serious Condition

An 11- year-old boy from the Lubavitcher community in Crown Heights is in serious but stable condition after being struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon in the Brooklyn neighborhood, police said.

The child was walking on Rochester Avenue and Union street and – in an attempt to cross the intersection – he ran out between two parked vehicles. A car traveling down the avenue at that moment struck the boy, causing him to fall on his head and suffer serious head injuries.

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Survivor of Kansas City Shooting Joins Gun Control Lawsuit Against The State

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A man who came under fire during the deadly attack on two Jewish institutions on a suburban Kansas City joined a lawsuit against a state law that makes it a felony for federal officials to enforce certain gun laws, according to a report on KCTV5 News.

Paul Temme joined the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, seeking to overturn a 2013 state law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. Read more »

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Sterling Yells at Wife, Vows Never To Sell The LA Clippers

Donald Sterling called his wife a “pig” in court Wednesday and defiantly yelled on the witness stand that he will never sell the LA Clippers, the NY Post reported.

Sterling was particularly enraged as his wife, Shelly, ­attempted to seal a $2 billion deal to unload the team.

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Monroe, NY – Three Arrested For Stealing $5K In Merchandise From Wal-Mart

The New York State Police in Monroe arrested three individuals who were caught stealing over $5,000.00 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart store in the Town of Monroe.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Clifton Jones, age 54, of Newburgh, Alicia Brown, age 21, of Newburgh and Beth Williams, age 28, of Walden, were observed by loss prevention leaving the store without paying for 3 shopping carts loaded with electronics, infants clothing and auto accessories. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Drunk Driver Crashes Into Tax Office 50 Minutes After Closing [Video]

brooklyn crashThe front of a Brooklyn tax office in Sheepshead Bay was destroyed when a car getting out-of-control car crashed through its front window Wednesday evening.

Police responded to the Federal Tax Masters office in the 2700 block of Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay around 6 p.m. to find the car completely in the business. The  crash was caught on surveillance video, showing the Mercedes hitting a parked car, crushing a parking meter and then slamming into the storefront Read more »

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Brooklyn DA Thompson Joins Ring Of Authorities Going After Hynes

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has joined the ring of authorities going after ex-DA Charles Hynes, probing his use of asset forfeiture money to pay restitution to victims of a real estate scam, including the late Judge John Phillips, The NY Post reported Wednesday.

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Charges Dropped Against De Blasio’s Buddy Bishop Findlayter

findlayterThe Brooklyn bishop who was saved from a night in prison for unlicensed driving after Mayor de Blasio placed a call to the NYPD had all criminal charges dropped against him Monday.

The politically connected Findlayter, who played a vital role in helping de Blasio win the black vote in the Democratic mayoral primary last year, managed to avoid spending a night in jail before his arraignment after de Blasio called a top NYPD spokeswoman in February.

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Report: Shortage Of Yiddish Translators In NY Courts

The mistrial in New York State Senator Malcolm Smith’s bribery case due to hours of untranslated Yiddish conversations has revealed that NY courts lack the resources compared to the needs of the growing populations.

Though the New York region is home to more than 75% of the nation’s 159,000 Yiddish speakers, according to U.S. Census data, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York only has a single Yiddish interpreter on call, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.  Read more »

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Vision Zero Proponents Bring Home Message of Distracted Driving Dangers

NYPD security cameraProponents of the Vision Zero campaign used a free hands-on demonstration on Tuesday to bring home the message that distracted driving is quite dangerous. The traffic safety advocates had participants commandeer a wheel connected to a simulator being used by AT&T, in order to convince them about the perils of texting while driving.

“It shows you that if you think that you’re really not distracted, in fact, you really are,” Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T for NY, told NY1. “It is very hard to get through that simulation without crashing into something.” Read more »

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Flatbush – Man Struck And Killed In Parking Lot Of Jewish Supermarket

A 22-year-old Hispanic man was struck and killed on Tuesday in the parking lot of Moshe’s discount supermarket in Brooklyn.

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Report: Shootings Spike As Result Of Bratton, De Blasio’s Weak Hand On Enforcement

The number of citizens victimized by shooting has skyrocketed across the city in 2014, up 43 percent in just the last month, while fewer guns are coming off the streets, NYPD statistics show.

According to the NY Post, the alarming trend is the result of the police department’s force inability to use tactics like stop-and-frisk.

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BREAKING: Man With Rifle Barricaded in LA Residence Following High-Speed Police Chase

A man armed with what is apparently a semi-automatic rifle that he pointed at police officers in the course of a high-speed chase from east of downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley ultimately climbed onto a roof and then barricaded himself in a residence. Read more »

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