NYC Finally Enforces Bans on Gatherings… By Kicking Moms and Kids Out of Park

For everyone who has watched New York City officials allow tens of thousands of protesters gather every day without enforcing social distancing rules or bans on public gatherings, take heart! Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police force have drawn the line and are taking action. The NYPD singled out a group and demanded they disperse immediately because the ban on gatherings remains in place.

No, they weren’t going after looter, rioters, or arsonists, and they were not addressing throngs of peaceful protesters. Instead, they were berating Hasidic Jewish moms and children who’d gathered socially in parks across the Williamsburg section of the city. 

This isn’t the first sign of friction between the mayor and the New York Jewish community over the lockdown.

On April 28 Mayor de Blasio tweeted:

“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”

New Yorkers of all stripes could be forgiven for thinking that edict had passed, given that the mayor has claimed that he stands with protesters who, by definition, are gathering in large groups. But it appears that the rules don’t apply evenly.

Chaskel Bennett, co-founder of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, told Haaretz:

“The double standard is blatant and shocking. For months, we have seen our community come under unrelenting scrutiny by ‘gotcha’ media coverage of Hasidic Jews not social distancing or wearing masks, while the overwhelming majority of religious Jews in New York City were doing all the right things.”

“After watching the thousands of protesters given free rein to exercise their constitutional right to protest, it begs the question: Isn’t religious freedom protected by the very same Constitution?  Is there one rule of law or selective enforcement? It seems the mayor thinks differently.”

Bennett’s question answers itself. Of course there is selective enforcement.

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  1. Hydro

    Deblossio wouldn’t make a good wart on a roads rear end – look at the riots he allowed to happen by stopping the police from acting – refusing to call in additional assistance – he is a failure at being a mayor and being a human being. One day he will face a judge that he will not be able to BS his way out of . It really isn’t his fault he has been a far left communist all his life – the fault lies in the voters of NYC – they put this Socialist Moran into office now they are reaping their folly.

  2. Marilyn Amento

    The Mayor of New York is a racist and hides behind his position of authority!

  3. Paula Teel

    Good luck in enforcing, since they defunded & disbanded the police department! who will make the arrest & if they do then the protestors should not be given a preference over others!! As this is America, land of equality & Justice! Also, ppl should be asking for the resignation & defunding of the democrat party, for the same reasoning the statues of the slave owner statues, confederate flags, state & cities names are being changed! As the democrat party is the sole party of slave owners & seems to be the only state or city’s democrat ran who are having unrest in their areas. Seems the symmetric racism is that within the democrat party ran states or cities! Time to break loose from democrat slavery, oppression & Racism once & for all come November….VOTE TRUMP2020 & REPUBLICAN2020

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