By COLlive reporter
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will hold a forum in Crown Heights to discuss the disturbing increase in the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City, and in particular in Brooklyn.
The meeting is one of a series being organized in communities throughout Brooklyn to discuss rising incidents of anti-Semitism, during which members of the Jewish community have been harassed and assaulted and Jewish institutions have been vandalized, the DA said.
“These heinous acts harm not only the immediate victims-they also spread ripples of fear and vulnerability through Brooklyn’s entire Jewish community,” Gonzalez said.
“Many residents understandably have questions about what steps law enforcement is taking to keep the Jewish community and all residents of Brooklyn-safe in the face of this rise in bias-motivated crime.”
All members of the community are invited to a “Hate Crimes Community Forum” to hear about the Hate Crimes Bureau’s work combatting these heinous crimes. The event will include a question and answer session, where community residents can ask questions and express their fears to the DA.
Gonzalez will be joined by members of the Hate Crimes Bureau and Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari, Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, for a question-and-answer session with members of the community.
“As District Attorney, I am committed to keeping the people of Brooklyn safe, and bringing the perpetrators of hate crimes to justice,” Gonzalez said.
“My newly expanded Hate Crimes Bureau thoroughly examines each potential hate crime committed in Brooklyn, works in conjunction with the NYPD in their investigation, and when we have the evidence to support hate crime charges, the Bureau prosecutes those cases to the fullest extent of the law.”
The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11213.