WATCH: NYPD Breaks Up Jewish Funeral, Chases Hearse Days After de Blasio’s Threat

 WATCH: NYPD Breaks Up Jewish Funeral, Chases Hearse Days After de Blasio’s Threat

A video circulating on social media shows New York City Police Department officers breaking up a crowded funeral procession on Thursday, two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had instructed the NYPD to summons or arrest people gathering in large groups.

In the video, officers chased a minivan that carried the body of a deceased rabbi through the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, The Associated Press reported.

NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell told the AP a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody and issued a summons for disorderly conduct during the altercation.

Democratic state Sen. Simcha Felder, who represents the neighborhood, responded to the confrontation, saying, “Stop the chaos now.”

“Terrorizing people by sending in armies of cops during such stressful times is not helpful at all,” he tweeted. “@NYCMayor – we need real leadership.”

The chaos in the street came two days after de Blasio had responded to a crowded Williamsburg funeral for a different rabbi, Fox News reported. He visited the site of the funeral and issued a warning on Twitter.

“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” he tweeted.

“I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping the disease and saving lives. Period.”

After people accused the mayor of anti-Semitism, he apologized for his tweet.




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