NEW YORK (Nov. 19)
Two young brothers were found guilty in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn last Friday of murder of an elderly Jew whose killing sparked a clash between Orthodox Jews and police in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn last December with charges and counter-charges that are still being sorted out.
Jose Julby, 21, and his brother, Jimmy, 17, both of Brooklyn, were convicted in the knife-killing of living Sussman a retired Orthodox Jew assaulted walking home from services. A third youth, Eidel Rivera, 16, also of Brooklyn, was acquitted. The brothers face terms of 25 years to life when they are sentenced on Dec. 14.
In response to the killing, an estimated 2000 Borough Park Jews, most of them Hasidim, marched on the local police precinct station to demand better police protection. There have been varying accounts of what happened but the police contend that several hundred of the protesters invaded the precinct house and tangled with police in a clash in which 62 policemen were purportedly injured as well as five civilians.
One of those arrested at the precinct station was Assemblyman Samuel Hirsch who said he tried to calm the enraged Jews. He was charged with attacking two policemen. He counter-charged that one beat him with a club, bloodying his head. The charges against Hirsch are pending.