Heshy Tischler arrested following attack on reporter during Brooklyn lockdown protest

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BROOKLYN – A prominent member of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community was arrested Sunday evening for his alleged involvement in a riot during protests against the state’s COVID-19 group restrictions, police said.Heshy Tischler was arrested after a crowd of angry protesters attacked a reporter covering the event in Borough Park on Wednesday. He faces charges of inciting a riot and unlawful imprisonment.

Video obtained by PIX11 shows Tischler being taken away in handcuffs with crowds around the area.

Further protests in Brooklyn erupted on Sunday night following Tischler’s arrest. The NYPD said early Monday that no further arrests had been made and no summons had been issued.

Tischler has denied claims he encouraged the crowd to attack journalist Jacob Kornbluh. He also accused Kornbluh of lying and faking the assault.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday he spoke with the NYPD commissioner about the incident, which he called “unacceptable” and “disgusting.”

“An arrest is expected in this case shortly. Obviously, that just can’t happen. You can’t assault someone for trying to report the news to everyone, ”de blasio said during an interview with WNYC’s“ The Brian Lehrer Show ”.

Several days of protests erupted in Borough Park this week in response to new state restrictions on schools, businesses and places of worship in areas of Brooklyn and Queens experiencing a peak in coronavirus cases.



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