Brooklyn Heights Rabbi Raskin leads rally after assault
Calls for more police; Guardian Angels join march
The prominent rabbi who was attacked on a Brooklyn Heights street Jan. 31 was joined by community members, clergy — and even members of Curtis Sliwa’s Guardian Angels — at a rally and march Friday morning.
Rabbi Aaron Raskin, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Avraham, an Orthodox synagogue on Remsen St., called for more police on troubled Joralemon Street and asked neighbors to report incidents to the NYPD.
“I was walking home and talking on my cellphone,” he told a crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Bar Association on Remsen Street. “I was assaulted by five individuals. One of them punched me on the head, knocking my cellphone to the ground. Thank G-d I was not harmed. After calling 911, the police canvassed the area, caught the thugs and placed the individual who did this to me under arrest.”
“I thank Detective Sal Ferrante and Commanding Officer [Sergio] Centa of the 84th Precinct for their excellent response and rapid arrest of the individual,” he added.