Halberstam Mishpacha Blames Cops for Williamsburg Shooting


williamsburgThe family of R’ Burech Yehudah Halberstam who was shot in the stomach in front of his Williamsburg home on Tuesday are blaming a lack of police – not anti-Semitism – for the robbery attempt-turned-shooting. “I don’t want to make accusations, but we just need more police in the area,” said the victim’s mother, who requested that her name not be used.

Community members led by United Jewish Organization President Rabbi David Niederman also refused to play the race card, though the victim, a 25-year-old, told police that his assailants were Hispanic.

Cops have revealed little about the early Tuesday morning on the corner of S. Ninth Street and Driggs Avenue. Burech Yehudah was talking on his cellphone at around midnight when two men approached. The thugs tried to take his phone, then rummaged through his pockets before firing at him when they didn’t find any money.

Then the crime took an even more brutal twist. “After they shot him, they were laughing,” one witness said.

The trigger-happy perps drove their white getaway van down Driggs Avenue, but another witness drove after them, following them to Berry Street. The men waved a gun and the Samaritan circled back to the scene of the shooting. Police found the alleged getaway car on Jefferson Avenue near Franklin Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant about an hour after the crime. Meanwhile, Burech Yehudah was taken to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, where he was operated on and remains in stable condition.

“He lost a lot of blood, but he’s lucky the bullets didn’t hit any of his vital organs,” said his mother.

No arrest has been made in the case, leaving Burech Yehudah’s mother spooked. “I was born here, but felt less safe over the years,” she said. “I even tell my son to call me when he gets home from visiting me at my house.”

Police from the 90th Precinct, which comprises the Southside and Bushwick, could not be reached for comment, but NYPD statistics do not suggest that the area has gotten lawless.

So far this year, there has been one murder in the entire precinct, down from four by this point last year. Assaults are down, but robberies are up – though neither by statistically significant amounts.

And, historically, crime is a tiny fraction of what it was when Burech Yehudah’s mother was raising her wounded son.

In 1990, there were 24 murders recorded in the precinct.

{The Brooklyn Paper/Matzav.com}


  1. If this was BP you could blame both. It’s always the cops AND anti-Semitism. Usually the cop is the anti-semite. Why else would a Jew get a ticket for making a U-turn on a one-way street?