2 Officers Hurt In Separate Incidents During Rabbi's Funeral In Brooklyn

April 02, 2019 - 3:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two NYPD officers were injured Tuesday while working to control the massive crowd of mourners at a Brooklyn rabbi’s funeral.  

Tens of thousands of members of the Orthodox community flooded the streets around the synagogue on 54th Street in Borough Park for the funeral of Grand Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, who died Monday at age 95.

Video from overhead shows a chaotic scene of mourners rushing the casket to try and place a hand on it.

The massive crowd overwhelmed the Brooklyn streets and in the chaos, an officer was injured by a vehicle, according to Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

“There was a police officer that was injured by a car in the funeral procession,” he said.

It’s possible the officer may have suffered a broken ankle.

Additionally, Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison says another officer was hurt by a drone that had fallen out of the sky.

“The drone apparently passed out of gas, or whatever it is, and it landed on one of the officer’s heads,” said Harrison, who noted that police are questioning someone about the incident.

Rabbi Portugal was a central figure in Borough Park. Several people who came out to mourn him described the rabbi as “inspiring,” “generous” and “big-hearted.”

Police said no charges will be filed following the two incidents at the funeral.