By COLlive reporter
A police investigation of a fight in Crown Heights that continued into a wild chase has flipped the story COLlive reported Wednesday.
As it appears from the investigation, the black teen was poking fun at the Lubavitcher near Apple Bank on Albany Avenue.
According to a witness, who was in a taxi and kept driving while watching the chase, the foreign-born Jew (said to be Russian or Israeli) got angry and hit the black youngster.
“Only then – after he was hit – did the black kid punch the Jew in the forehead,” Captain Peter Simonetti, Commanding Officer of the 71st Precinct, told COLlive.
“In the last 24 hours we investigated all sides and we have video footage from Albany and the evidence showed that it was not the black teen who started the violence,” he added.
Calls have been made to attend this week’s precinct meeting in the auditorium of a Public School at 400 Empire Blvd.
An official from Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s office, who was in Crown Heights Thursday ahead of the meeting, called on the community to keep an open mind.
“It seems like some people in the neighborhood are interested in instigating a fight and problems,” he said. “Someone is feeding people misinformation for their own interest, and they have no problem with writing false facts.”
Police were also reviewing footage of a Lubavitcher in a black hat and jacket who approached a black woman, who works as a school guard, and was a witness to the incident.
“He came over and threatened the woman,” an official at the precinct said. “After she said she will call the police he walked away.”