By COLlive reporter
Photos by Yisrael Belizovsky
The new commander of the NYPD’s 71st Precinct, Deputy Inspector George Fitzgibbon, came to the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council on Monday for official introductions to the community.
At the request of the council members, the meeting was also to focus on the recent increase in possible bias attacks against members of the Jewish community.
For that purpose, Fitzgibbon was joined by the commander of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, Captain Mark Magrone; 71st Community Affairs Officer, Detective Vinny Martinos and Pinny Ringel, the Jewish liaison of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Inspector Fitzgibbon began by saying how excited he had been when he first was told of his appointment to the 71st Precinct. He looks forward to spending a long time at the Precinct and he is encouraged by the warm welcome he has received from community members.
The inspector also spoke of his joy at having been involved in coordinating the Kinus Hashluchim Convention and is quickly learning from Detective Martinos and the rest of the Community Affairs team about all the special events in the community throughout the year.
The topic quickly switched to Hate Crimes, as the CHJCC leadership wanted to know what the police department is doing to prevent future incidents and to catch those involved. Captain Magrone detailed the steps that have been taken so far.
On the prevention side, police department personnel have been visiting local schools and talking to the students about the seriousness of bias attacks. The school safety officers have also been working to identify the groups of students who may be involved. Detectives are making use of Pictures and video obtained from the community, but there are no clear faces in any of the video obtained so far.
Community activists present stressed that the best way to bring calm to the community is by making an arrest. The officers assured them that they understood and that they were working hard to solve the crimes.
Several clips of the group involved in the Sunday night attack were already obtained. They show a group of about ten young people walking up the east side of Kingston Avenue between 9:25 and 9:30pm, as reported on COLlive.com.
The police asked that any individuals or businesses that have video that may show that group are urged to make copies and call the Community Council so they can be connected to the detectives working on the case.