NYPD cracks down on another big funeral in Brooklyn, stoking tensions

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Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 21:40:52-04

BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — Tensions between police and members of New York City’s Hasidic Jewish community flared again as officers interrupted a crowded funeral to crack down on social distancing violators.

Video posted on social media showed officers in protective masks chasing a minivan through Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood Thursday as it carried the body of a deceased rabbi.

The officers can be heard shouting at dozens of people marching behind the van to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk.

A police spokeswoman said a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody after he pushed a police official. He was cited for disorderly conduct.