According to The Topeka Capital Journal, Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came to face in 2008 in a neighborhood with a history of racial strife.
Six years later, the circumstances of the encounter in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn remain murky, even as prosecutes pursue charges against 28-year-old Shuchat alleging he attacked Charles because of his race. Shuchat’s supporters in the neighborhood’s Orthodox Jewish community have reacted with dismay over what they call a hate crime investigation gone awry.
Authorities “took a minor incident and made it into a very serious situation,” said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who is Jewish. “This could have been resolved a long time ago. It makes absolutely no sense.”