May 9 2016
BUT IS HE A MUSLIM? 11-year-old Black youth in Brooklyn charged with arson and a hate crime after caught on surveillance video setting fire to Jewish school bus
An 11-year-old boy is facing hate crime charges after authorities say he set a Yeshiva (Jewish) school bus on fire in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, but we’ll probably never find out his name or religion because of his age. Four of his accomplices have not yet been apprehended.
NY Daily News (h/t Susan K) The suspect and 4 friends were caught by security cameras (first video below) setting fire to a Jewish school bus in Brooklyn — the neighborhood’s third anti-Semitic incident in four days, police sources said on Monday.
Police say the adolescent and four other boys, ranging in age from 10 to 15, set the Yeshiva bus ablaze on Brooklyn Ave. near Lefferts Ave. in Crown Heights shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Security video, obtained by the website CrownHeights.Info, shows the five children running into the bus with pieces of cardboard. Flames appear towards the front of the bus within seconds as the kids pile out.
Within minutes, thick black smoke engulfs the yellow bus, which was parked outside Beth Rivkah, a private girls school, the second video (below) shows.
Neighborhood residents said they were saddened to hear that a hate crime may have been perpetrated by such young boys. “It’s terrible,” said Chani Klein, a parent at the school. “I’d like to see these kids get some help.”
“I don’t know why they would do that. Maybe they were just bored, or maybe it really was about (Muslim?) hate. Either way they blew up a bus. They need help,” she said. The 11-year-old was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and arson as a hate crime. Cops are searching for the other four boys.
The bus, which is not clearly marked for Yeshiva transportation, is owned an operated by BSD Trans Corp. Leon Yavich, who owns the company, said he was not ready to suggest the children were motivated by hate (What were they motivated by – love?).
“I am not going to jump the gun and accuse these kids of a hate crime,” said Yavich, 54, who is Hasidic (fundamentalist Jewish idiot). “I will not accuse them of a hate crime simply for the fact that I have not spoken to them,” he said. (Well, DUH! The bus is clearly sitting in front of a Jewish school where the Hebrew writing on the sign is clearly visible)
Police sources said another Jewish school bus was targeted less than a mile away from the fire scene on Thursday. The bus driver told police he was driving down Eastern parkway when someone hurled a brick at it, shattering the driver side mirror around 2:25 p.m. near Albany Ave., the sources said.
Then on Friday, a Jewish man reported to cops that a 13-year-old boy began shooting rubber bands at him at about the same time and location from the day earlier. When the man confronted the teen, the boy punched him in the face, according to the sources. Despite the punches, the man managed to grab the teen and hold on until police officers arrived, cop sources said.
As of Sunday, there had been 110 hate-crimes across the city, an uptick from 91 such crimes when compared to the same time period in 2015. Of those crimes, 46 were anti-Semitic so far this year, up from 42 in the same time span in 2015.