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October 22, 2012 4:44 pm

Charges Against Ehud Halevy in NYPD Beating Case Have Been Dropped

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Ehud Halevy was beaten by NYPD officers at the Crown Heights Aliyah center.

The charges against Ehud Halevy, the 21 year old Jewish youth who made international headlines after a video of him being violently beaten by NYPD officers surfaced online were dropped today, The Algemeiner has learned.

“After review of all available evidence I have decided to dismiss the charges against Ehud Halevy,” said District Attorney Charles Hynes in a statement to reporters.

“I just found out from the lawyer’s office that the charges have been dropped,” Rabbi Moshe Feiglin, the director of the Crown Heights based Aliyah center for troubled youth, where the incident took place, told The Algemeiner.

Asked if Ehud had any reaction to the news, Feiglin said, “I spoke to him earlier today, he is feeling a lot better and he is very relieved that things are working in his favor.”

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“We are very pleased with this just resolution,” Lawyer Norman Seigel confirmed in a phone interview with The Algemeiner, “justice was done in this matter.”

“There was no legal basis for the criminal charges against our client,” Seigel explained, “therefore we commend Charles Hynes and the Brooklyn DA’s office for doing the right thing in this matter.”

“It was a joint effort between the lawyers, our client, the Crown Heights community, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Assemblyman Eric Adams,” Seigel continued, “without everybody calling for the charges to be dropped it might not have happened.”

Speaking about his client’s reaction to the latest development, Seigel said, “He is very pleased with the results and we will go to court on Wednesday morning to officially inform the court that the charges are being dropped.”

An online petition calling for the dismissal of the charges against Halevy, which included a felony count of assault and three misdemeanors: resisting arrest, obstruction and criminal trespass, has garnered 105,730 signatories at the time of publication. Rabbi Feiglin says he hopes that this outpouring of support was instrumental in securing today’s result.

“Most importantly was the video evidence which refuted what the police said happened,” Halevy’s lawyer concluded, “Next time the police say x and the citizen says y, perhaps people won’t rush to judgment in believing the police version of the story.”

The Algemeiner will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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  • Fredric M. London

    All of the above. What police departments rarely see, due to systemic tunnel vision, is that the credibility of the whole department is hurt by such actions. Police departments are always involved in a public relations game. While abuse of power is always tempting to police who have such desires, it is up to the department and the legal system to reign in such behaviors. Otherwise, more and more people will doubt the credibility of police in general, making their work even harder.

  • Tycho Lehra

    What is it with some law enforcement people? We read of this sort of thing happening – and sometimes it never gets into the media. I thought this was only occuring in TV shows about hillbilly one-horse-town communities in the deep south.

  • Howard Stein

    The only crime was committed by those cops who beat this kid up. If they are not charged and do not face judicial proceedings, that will be a second crime.

    • Luigi Rosolin

      I agree Stein, they need to be judge and dismiss from the police.That policeman’s had probably done this before and will do again! Take them off!

    • jamie daniels

      Charges of assault need to be brought against the officers who committed this crime. They are what I refer to as “Bully cops” or “cops with power hungry attitudes”. I hope he brings a lawsuit for damages against each one of the cops involved.

  • Uriel Ben-Itzhak

    Im so glad for this young man he has been in my thoughts and remembered in my prayers. However the Police Officers in this case need to be held accountable for their actions. Not out of retribution or revenge, but to keep this from happening again. The Officers must lose their badges and jobs, they must be an example to the rest of the NYCPD and Police Officers everywhere.

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Agree

  • natalie

    And will the disgusting NYPD be charged? I won’t hold my breath.

  • wah

    Lol I’m high as f as you can see, my fault i meant the truth shall come to light

  • wah

    That ain’t right but the true shall come to light……….one

  • IF THERE WAS **NOT** A VIDEO, HALEVY WOULD ROT IN JAIL AND THOSE COPS WOULD HAVE COMMENDATIONS.

    Those cops must be dismissed and what ever else can legally be done against them and the city.

    Can District Attorney get back Gideeon Busches life?
    THOSE COPS MUST BE DISMISSED
    AND VIDEO CAMS ATTACHED TO THE HEADS OF EVERY COP.(ok thats not possible yet,,soon enough the technology will be there)

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Dacon is right, the police need to be clean of such behaviour, not many people are trusting police institution.That is a world wide trend as corruption and abuse of power is going unpunished by the political and juridical system!

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