Brooklyn: Orthodox Jewish Community Board 12 Member Ruben Werczberger Attacked In Hate Crime

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hcrCommunity Board 12 on Friday commended Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson for filing hate crime charges against three perpetrators who assaulted Community Board 12 board member Ruben Werczberger while he was waiting to file a police report in Sunset Park, on Tuesday.

The three perpetrators yelled, ‘dirty Jew, move your car’ and ‘snatch the phone from the dirty Jew,’ after shattering Werczberger’s car windshield and beating him up with a wooden stick.

On Thursday, the DA’s office announced that it had filed multiple hate crime charges against the assailants and that the incident will be handled by the newly created Hate Crime Bureau that was recently set up by District Attorney Thompson.

“Bias attacks will not be tolerated in Brooklyn. Ruben Werczberger was simply tending to his vehicle after a fender bender when these defendants, who had nothing to do with the accident, attacked him without reason. No one should be discriminated merely because of who they are or what they look like,” said Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson.

“District Attorney Ken Thompson is showing what I have known since his election to office; that he is serious about fighting crime especially the ones that are extremely hurtful, like hate crimes,” said Community Board 12 chairman Yidel Perlstein who was at the scene of the attack and assisted in the investigation. “The entire Brooklyn community in general and our community in particular are resting easier and feeling safer knowing that Ken Thompson is at the helm at the District Attorney’s office.”

“These charges show that District Attorney Ken Thompson means business,” said CB12 District Manager Barry Spitzer. “A few months ago the District Attorney established the new Hate Crimes Unit and I’m glad to see that they are taking this job very seriously. There is no place in our society for hate crimes of any nature and I’m thankful that we have a District Attorney that has made rooting out hate crimes a top priority.”

The victim, Mr. Werczberger, thanked the NYPD 72nd precinct for a swift arrest and District Attorney Thompson for “taking the incident seriously and charging the perps with hate crime charges, in what should be considered as an assault on the entire community.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

3 COMMENTS

  1. why is CB 12 commenting on stuff outside its district? I know its member was attached but I smell a certain councilman is involved in getting good coverage for Thompson whom he called an anti-Semite before.

  2. “The entire Brooklyn community in general and our community in particular are resting easier and feeling safer knowing that Ken Thompson is at the helm at the District Attorney’s office.”

    Really?! Yidel, did you take a poll? Why the sudden need to be Michaneff Mr. Thompson?