A New York City Council candidate and radio host was arrested Sunday after a protest against coronavirus restrictions appeared to be violent and a journalist said he was attacked, authorities said.
The New York City Police Department said Harold “Heshy” Carpenter was detained in Brooklyn’s Borough Park area on October 7 on a riot investigation and illegal detention in the incident.
During an event that Tischler helped organize, dozens of Orthodox Jews burned masks and denounced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who issued the new restrictions in response to a surge in cases in the neighborhood.
Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh said he was “brutally attacked, hit in the head and kicked by an angry crowd of hundreds of Boro Park protestors ̵
Kornbluh said Carpenter recognized him and ordered the crowd to chase him down the street.
“I was saved by heroic police officers and several parishioners,” he said.
A local news agency reporter, the Gothamist, said he saw the Kornbluh group pinned to a wall while shouting “Moyser” or Schnatz.
Carpenter did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday, but said in a series of tweets shortly after announcing his arrest that “the journalist was never attacked” and that there was “no riot” in Borough Park.