NYPD hoping to end Crown Heights violence

May 21, 2008 5:45:35 PM PDT
In Brooklyn, police are hitting the streets in response to violent attacks over the last week. The NYPD and community leaders are hoping to end the recent wave of violence. Eyewitness News reporter Jamie Roth has more on the story.

The hope is that the added police presence will stop any violence before it can start.

Extra police are on the streets. trying to keep the peace. They are there because of early tensions between Jews and blacks after two crimes in the community. Only one has officially been labeled bias by the district attorney.

On Friday, more than 200 Orthodox Jews marched to a Crown Heights police precinct to protest what happened to a 16-year-old Jewish boy.

He was allegedly robbed and beaten by two black teenagers. The protesters claim the crime was motivated in part to anti-Semitism, but police have not said as much.

However, the beating of a 20-year-old black man by a Jewish man has been labeled a biased crime. Yitzhak Shuchat is the suspect being sought by investigators, who identify him as a member of a Hasidic anti-crime patrol. Some protesters are accusing the police and the DA of being unfair and unjust.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was in Crown Heights Tuesday. He stopped to tour two of the precinct areas and even stopped at one of the synagogues.