Wednesday, December 22, 2010
An NYPD police officer was transferred just weeks after he ticketed a Brooklyn rabbi for jaywalking and forced him to break the Sabbath, officials said.
The unidentified officer slapped Rabbi Sholom Emert, 27, with the summons after he crossed Kings Highway near E. 15th St. about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, officials said.
But Emert couldn't provide any identification and asked the cop if they could go to his nearby home in Midwood to get his license. The officer instead ordered Emert to violate Jewish law by writing down his name and address.
"There was no reason to force this observant Jew to violate the Sabbath by forcing him to write," said City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) on the floor of the City Council last month.
Sources said the officer was transferred to the 25th Precinct stationhouse in East Harlem.