I need to preface this story by pointing out that as a firm supporter of America’s police officers, I know that they’re out there on the front lines putting their lives in danger to protect us every single day and it would take a lifetime to even come close to expressing appreciation and respect for that.
However, in New York City, there have been some disturbing instances involving enforcement of some of the measures put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19 that need to be addressed, especially with regard to the Orthodox Jewish community, which seems to have unfairly drawn increased scrutiny compared to other groups.
Todd Starnes reported recently on an incident in which NYPD police officers were caught on camera entering the private home of an unnamed gathering of Orthodox Jewish residents, allegedly harassing them for how many people were gathered inside the home.
In my heart of hearts, I truly don’t believe that any reasonable police officer has any interest whatsoever in enforcing Covid-19 orders, but as you’ll see in the video below, the exchange between the unnamed Jewish man and the NYPD officers is one that probably needs investigating.
Police in New York are now entering PRIVATE residential property to crackdown on Jewish gatherings.
Listen to the officer explain it’s a “problem” that he found 10 people in the house.
This is truly Orwellian. Resist this tyranny.pic.twitter.com/uojq8XQsjy
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) October 23, 2020
Because there are always two sides to a story, it wouldn’t be fair to place all the blame on the officers responding to the incident without further context.
But the pattern of harassing Orthodox Jews in the city of New York is an actual issue that Mayor Bill De Blasio has already had to answer for on several occasions, especially given what many have called an unfair level of strict enforcement, specifically against the Jewish community.
As a matter of fact, De Blasio recently apologized for his response in how he responded to a spike in Covid-19 cases within the city’s Orthodox Jewish community, admitting that his approach was out of frustration and could have been handled better.
“I certainly got very frustrated at times when I saw large groups of people still out without masks, but I think more dialogue would have been better. So I certainly want to express my regret that I didn’t figure out how to do that better,” De Blasio said, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
A concern among Jewish leaders was that the behavior was intentionally anti-Semitic, pointing out historical evidence that Jewish people have been “scapegoated” for previous plagues.
Starnes was much less forgiving of the recorded incident above, calling it reminiscent of tactics used in Nazi Germany.
“They did this sort of stuff in Nazi Germany. In recent months New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio have overseen a crackdown on religious gatherings — primarily the city’s Orthodox Jewish population,” Starnes wrote in his report on the video.
Hopefully, Orthodox Jewish leaders and New York’s finest can eventually come together and rectify the situation after the Covid-19 madness begins to dissipate before these types of incidents escalate.