Following the dreadful crime suspected to have been perpetrated by neo-Nazis on the night of November 10th, an emergency meeting of the Flatbush Jewish community was called together at the behest of City Councilman David Greenfield. The shocking crime, in which three cars belonging to Jewish residents of the Ocean Parkway and Avenue J area were burned and destroyed and the letters KKK – the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group – were scrawled onto the bumper of one of the torched vehicles, sent shockwaves throughout the neighbourhood. On a nearby bench, the initials SS – referring to the infamous Nazi unit – was carved onto the wood. The cars exploded late Thursday evening and the area was cordoned off by the police for a number of days, including Shabbat. According to Deputy Inspector John Sprague of the 66th Precinct, this was done to allow the police to monitor traffic in the area, especially late at night.

The meeting drew about 250 people to the Chabad Lubavitch Yeshiva located on Ocean Parkway and Avenue I, who came to discuss concerns about possible future hate crimes. The program began with expressions of gratitude to all of New York’s uniformed and non-uniformed officials for their tireless work in response to this dastardly incident. Index cards were distributed so that both timid and uninhibited participants alike could anonymously address their concerns to the police and local officials.

The assemblage included several other city dignitaries, including: Charles Guria, head of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Civil Rights Bureau; Fred Kreizman, of the Mayor’s Office; Deputy Inspector John Sprague of the 66th Precinct; Police Chief Thomas Chan; a number of NYC council members; representatives of the Jewish Police watch-group Shomrim, and local residents.