Thursday, November 15, 2012

Did Boro Park Shomrim MURDER Gideon Busch?

On August 30th, 1999, officers from the NYPD's 66th precinct gunned down Gary "Gideon" Busch outside his basement apartment allegedly at 1619 46th Street in Brooklyn, NY. Busch was alleged to have been waving a hammer and the 66th precinct officers took that as a threat. They then pummeled him with twelve bullets, ultimately killing him.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind and former Councilman Simcha Felder pose with Boro Park Shomrim leadership.
The background story will outrage you.

Busch, a Ba'al T'shuva (or newly observant orthodox Jew), allegedly suffered from a history of mental illness. On the evening of the shooting, Busch was allegedly hosting a friend - Percy Freeman, a homeless African-American man - when BSSP Boro Park Shomrim allegedly knocked on his door. A neighborhood Shomrim member was allegedly disturbed that Busch was inviting "schvartzes," (a Yiddish pejorative for African-Americans) into the community, and allegedly requested backup in order to confront Busch.

When Busch opened the door wearing Tefillin (phylacteries), Boro Park Shomrim members allegedly told him to throw Freeman out and allegedly ordered him to cease inviting African-Americans over. When Busched refused to speak with them because he was allegedly in the midst of prayer, Boro Park Shomrim allegedly immediately called the 66th precinct, allegedly stating that they were involved in an altercation with a violent emotionally disturbed person who was threatening to kill them with visible weapons.

The arriving officers were then allegedly hyped up and ready to defend their lives. Busch, however, allegedly wasn't threatening them. According to some reports, Boro Park Shomrim allegedly hyped up the police on the scene. Officers then allegedly sprayed the allegedly non-violent Busch with pepper spray, setting him into a frenzy. It was then that the 66th precinct allegedly shot Busch twelve times. He was then allegedly left to die on the floor as the 66th precinct allegedly consulted with Boro Park Shomrim instead of aiding the dying Busch.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Simcha Felder protested against the 66th precinct's handling of the shooting. Why then, we ask, do Hikind and Felder maintain a close relationship with Boro Park Shomrim, who is allegedly partially responsible for Busch's death? 

Dov Hikind with Simcha Felder and Mrs. Doris Boskey
 at a  memorial for Gideon Busch.
Photo Credit: Hikind Newsletter. All rights reserved to them.

Full details on the Gideon Busch shooting can be read here.

It's easy to fault the officers for killing Busch. However, in their defense, they were allegedly responding to a hyped up call from Boro Park Shomrim. We believe that had Shomrim requested help appropriately, the 66th precinct would have had no reason to kill Busch.


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