(israelnationalnews.com/Reuters)Ehud Halevy, the 21-year-old Jewish man from Brooklyn whose beating by New York police officers was caught on videotape, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers responsible for the attack.Halevy filed the lawsuit against officers Luis Vega and Yelena Bruzzese on Jan. 22 in Brooklyn federal court, accusing them of attacking him at a Jewish youth center in Crown Heights.
The surveillance video from October showed one of the officers punching Halevy repeatedly in the head, while another officer struck Halevy with a baton for over two minutes.
The officers, who were responding to an emergency phone call, said Halevy was sleeping naked on a couch in the lounge and refused to leave.
While Halevy claimed he had been granted permission to sleep at the center, he had nonetheless been charged with a felony count of assault and three misdemeanors: resisting arrest, obstruction and criminal trespass.
The video footage led to widespread condemnation from Jewish community leaders, including a petition that had garnered approximately 10,000 signatures by October 22—one day before the news that the charges had been dropped.
Halevy’s attorney, Norman Siegel, said Halevy is currently receiving counseling for pain and trauma suffered from the incident.
“For all the New Yorkers who saw the video, when you see it, you want to put your hands over your eyes because very rarely do you see this kind of stark video of police brutality,” Siegel said, according to local reports.
The New York City Law Department said it will review papers related to the case.
Last summer I went to Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park and some guy who got jealous that I was talking to his girlfriend went and told the cops that I was a pederast and I was escorted out of the park. I was silent about the story for the most part because it was embarrassing, but now it seems that the NYPD really are over the top in the parks and I’m getting sick of this. Lucky for us the NYPD picked on some goody goody college girl from Carnegie Mellon University. They could pick on me because I fear them, but this girl fought back. good for her, but it shows how there is sexual bias in favor of women. I would of spent the week or months in jail. Lucky for me I had not actually done anything wrong and was polite as all hell, but I was really freaked out.
The police in NY are outrageous. I have some stories… I’ve been beat up by off duty cops working as security guards at MSG. I’ve been pulled over supposedly for gay cruising for Dominicans in Washington Heights and then asked if my pal (a Jewish doctor) was my boyfriend. I’ve been pulled over when hot women in expensive cars pass me on the right and then given a ticket as a cock block. and woah… the correction officers in jails were just plain abusive. When I worked for the Yellow Pages I knew the madame of the escort agency that serviced Bernard B. Kerik and GIULIANI and friends (it was my job to sell the advertising). I have this female cop that drives around my neighborhood in Poughkeepsie and she pulls the car over with the mother of my son in the car. Some kind of female bullshit. I’ve always been theoretically Conservative, but Rudy G was what kept me from crossing over for a long time. The media made it seem like Rudy was picking on black folks. That wasn’t true. The NYPD picks on all young men regardless of their skin color. It’s the police… not all police… just police in general. They are horrible. Can I prove any of what I am saying? No, probably not… though I do have a Jewish doctor as a witness from the Washington Heights claim. Point is that you can never prove the abuse of the police and many states are making it hard or impossible to record on video the behavior of the police. Any Conservative who is against people having video cameras I will reject for the same reason I want people to have guns. If we don’t protect ourselves it is asking for the police to abuse us.