Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack on a journalist by a crowd of unruly Orthodox Jewish residents “absolutely unacceptable, disgusting” — after authorities continued a light-touch approach to unrest in Borough Park over coronavirus restrictions Wednesday night.
“I saw the video of the attack on Jacob Kornbluh absolutely unacceptable, disgusting really,” de Blasio said Wednesday. “Here’s a mob of people attacking him… it’s just unacceptable there need to be consequences for that.”
Kornbluh, who is also Orthodox, said protesters yelled that he was a “Nazi” and “Hitler” as they chased him.
A spokeswoman for the NYPD said “There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”
The mayor, though, added, “the situation overall is a very difficult one.”
The attack was the third on someone attempting to document the demonstrations since Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered enhanced restrictions to help slow a growing COVID spread throughout the area.
At the same time, the NYPD has made zero arrests and issued zero summonses over the last two nights.
De Blasio dismissed the disproportionate response of the NYPD in Borough Park compared to other recent demonstrations, including an anti-ICE protest in Lower Manhattan two weeks ago that saw a heavy police presence ending in at least eight arrests.
“My understanding is there was much more police presence [last night],” de Blasio said.
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