NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD confirmed that Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo put in his retirement papers on Tuesday, following friction between him and Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city’s lockdown protests over the past several weeks.
Protests exploded when the area was placed under lockdown again, in the midst of soaring COVID-19 infections.
“Chief of Patrol Pichardo is a deeply respected leader in the NYPD and City Hall is continuing to have conversations with him regarding his future.”
“Chief Fausto Pichardo, the NYPD Chief of Patrol, filed for retirement on Tuesday, ending an accomplished more than two-decade long career in the New York City Police Department.
“Chief Pichardo, 43, was the first Chief of Patrol of Dominican heritage in NYPD history and has worked tirelessly in recent months to guide the men and women in uniform through a series of challenging issues that have strained the city and the agency.”
Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins said:
“Chief Pichardo was an asset to the NYPD. Sadly, Mayor de Blasio does not and has never valued the talent that exists in the NYPD. Pichardo’s resignation is a loss to the NYPD, the City of New York and the overall Hispanic community.”
“I’m proud to represent Dominicans, Latinos, immigrants, my family. It’s what really makes me proud, having this tremendous opportunity.”
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October 12, 2020
BROOKLYN, NY- Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented new anti-Covid-19 measures to try to stop hot spot clusters in Brooklyn, Queens, and several New York City suburbs from spreading further. These clusters happen to be within the Orthodox Jewish community, and they are not happy about the restrictions.
Law Enforcement Today reported last week that Governor Cuomo proclaimed that he had spoken to members of the mentioned community prior to announcing his latest set of restrictions on October 6th, referring to the interaction as a “good” dialogue:
“I spoke to members of the Orthodox Jewish community today. I spoke to the leaders myself this morning. We had a very good conversation…I have been very close to the Orthodox community for many years. I understand the imposition this is going to place on them, and I said to them I need their cooperation.”
A recent statement released by Agudath Israel, which is an organization that represents the Haredi Orthodox communities, coined this “good conversation” that Governor Cuomo had with members of the community as more of a “monologue”:
“It should be made clear that the Governor’s reference to a ‘good conversation’ he had with a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders was largely a one-way monologue and contained no mention of this new plan.”
To show their frustration, some members of the Orthodox Jewish community took to the streets, to protests in the Borough Park neighborhood for several nights.
Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh claimed on Twitter, that during protests on Wednesday night, October 7th, he was brutally assaulted by a well known protester named Harold “Heshy” Tischler.
Members of New York City's Orthodox Jewish community have held protests in Brooklyn in response to strict new coronavirus-related restrictions. Reporter @jacobkornbluh tells @brikeilarCNN he was attacked by a crowd this week. https://t.co/0Y7vUSgE2K pic.twitter.com/vSSdbfKn6e
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 9, 2020
Kornbluh claimed that:
“[Tischler] recognized me and ordered the crowd to chase me down the street.”
Tischler is a candidate for New York City Council. He’s also a supporter of President Trump as well as an outspoken critic of social distancing restrictions.
Kornbluh reported the incident, and Tischler was taken into custody Sunday evening in connection with an alleged assault.
Kornbluh tweeted that he was hit in the head and kicked by members of the crowd at Wednesday night’s protests. He thanked “heroic police officers” for saving him.
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) October 8, 2020
On Sunday, October 11th, a New York City Police Department spokesman confirmed Tischler’s arrest on Twitter, saying:
“The New York City Police Department Warrant Squad has taken Harold ‘Heshy’ Tischler into custody. He will be charged with inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist that took place on October 7, 2020 in Brooklyn,”
The New York City Police Department Warrant Squad has taken Harold "Heshy" Tischler into custody. He will be charged with inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist that took place on October 7, 2020 in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/cLkfcBpZUu
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 12, 2020
“People can be heard yelling “min darf eim hargenen” (We need to kill him).” https://t.co/G9HoRqNWHU
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) October 8, 2020
According to MSN, Tischler tweeted a video last week that he would be “arrested Monday” or will be turning himself in for inciting a riot. “I’ll be taken in Monday morning, I’ll be going into prison.”
He said he would be pleading not guilty because:
“I did not commit this crime of violence, nobody was arrested that night.”
“I’m thinking maybe let them come get me,”
A mob is forming, instigated by Heshy Tischler (from before he was arrested) and his supporters, outside of @jacobkornbluh’s home.
Jacob was the victim of assault by this man’s mob, which is why Tischler is in jail.
— Elad Nehorai (@PopChassid) October 12, 2020
Kornbluh told CNN Friday that Tischler’s account of the events are “inaccurate” and maintains that it will be confirmed once the investigation is complete.
“I have shared my communications with him with authorities and have faith in the process,”
The New York Post has now reported that protester’s are gathering outside the home of Kornbluh, and the NYPD are protecting his residence.
— NYCPHOTOG (@nycphotog) October 12, 2020
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