A New York Council candidate and radio host was arrested Sunday after a protest against coronavirus restrictions appeared to turn violent and a reporter said he was assaulted, authorities said.
The New York Police Department said in a statement that Harold “Heshy” Tischler was arrested for investigating inciting a riot and illegal arrest in the October 7 incident in Brooklyn’s Borough Park section.
During an event Tischler helped organize, dozens of Orthodox Jews burned masks and sued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who issued the new restrictions in response to a spike in cases in the neighborhood.
The journalist, Jacob Kornbluh, of Jewish Insider, he said it was “Brutally assaulted, shot in the head and kicked by an angry mob of hundreds of members of the Boro Park protest community – while yelling at me” Nazi “and” Hitler “.”
Kornbluh said Tischler recognized him and ordered the crowd to chase him down the street.
“I was rescued by heroic police officers and several community members,” he said.
A reporter for a local news program, Gothamist, he said he saw the group pin Kornbluh against a wall shouting “moyser” or spy.
Tischler did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday, but in a series of tweets shortly after his arrest was announced, he said “‘the reporter’ was never attacked” and that “there was no riot” in Borough Park.