Jewish politicians dispute NYPD finding cemetery damage 'NEGLECT' not vandalism. (ToI).
Local officials cast doubt on police assessment that neglect was to blame for 42 toppled headstones at Brooklyn graveyard.
Jewish leaders in New York are disputing the New York Police Department’s finding that 42 headstones in a Brooklyn cemetery toppled due to neglect and not vandalism.
police determined after an investigation on Sunday that the headstones had fallen off of their bases due to neglect and bad weather conditions.
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the New York Post late on Sunday that the people who reported the damage to him had never noticed it before despite walking by the cemetery every week to go to synagogue services.
“The people who first reported this to us were individuals who walk by … on the way to synagogue on Shabbos, and they were the ones who saw something that looked wrong to them,” Hikind told the newspaper. “If they had seen the [toppled stones] before,” they would have reported it, he said.
He added: “We’re not talking about stones that are down, that they want to repair. We’re talking about tombstones where if you look at it, you say, ‘Someone vandalized it.’”Read the full story here.