In light of the rash of knockout assaults that have occurred across Brooklyn recently, Councilman David Greenfield called Tuesday on the NYPD to immediately move forward with a plan to install security cameras in Boro Park and Midwood.
During the participatory budgeting process earlier this year, district residents voted in favor of allocating $415,000 to install surveillance cameras throughout both neighborhoods to help improve safety and reduce crime. Now, Greenfield wants police to make this project a priority.
“Given the random nature of these attacks and the lack of witnesses, security cameras may be our best chance of making arrests in these disgusting crimes,” Greenfield said in a statement.
The attacks that have occurred in neighborhoods including Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Midwood and Boro Park over the past two months appear to be part of a nationwide trend in which black and Hispanic teens attempt to knock innocent victims unconscious with a single punch to the head. In all, there have been at least ten reported incidents in Brooklyn, with nothing stolen from the victim during any of the attacks.
The most recent attack occurred on Sunday night when a 26-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was struck in the head by a stranger in Williamsburg.