A New York City subway train was the scene of a dramatic scuffle between police officers and bystanders this week after a teenager allegedly accosted a Jewish passenger and uttered anti-Semitic remarks.
The incident began a little after 3 p.m. Monday on a Brooklyn-bound 3 train, according to the New York Daily News. A 17-year-old and group of eight friends approached a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke and addressed him with common greeting among Muslims, police sources told the outlet.
When the Jewish passenger ignored the teen, he became angry, the Daily News reports, citing court documents.
A scuffle eventually broke out when the passenger took the teen's picture with his cellphone, police sources told the outlet. It culminated with the teen threatening to kill the passenger, exclaiming "They should have killed all of you." (The last insult is an apparent reference to the Holocaust.)
Police were alerted and attempted to arrest the teen at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop, at which point another bystander, Sheniqua Joseph, 22, also became combative and had to be forcibly arrested.
YouTube video taken by a bystander captures the chaotic arrest and has been viewed more than 100,000 times. The clip's description reads, "NYPD is called to assistance on the '3' train in Brooklyn @ Brooklyn Museum. Man resisting arrest and officer calls for backup. Meanwhile, a woman goes rogue and pays the price..."
Gothamist reports that the 17-year-old allegedly resisted arrest and was charged with aggravated harassment as hate crime, grand larceny of property, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
After a spate of anti-Semitic vandalism in 2011, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg was outraged earlier this month when police arrested a man for allegedly torching a dozen mezuzahs -- small pieces of religious texts attached to the doors of Jewish homes -- at two different apartment buildings.
Rubin Ubiles, who has been arrested dozens of times, allegedly set fire to the mezuzahon Holocaust Remembrance Day, according to New York Magazine.