Just days after NYPD officially recognized the group shmira as C.O.P, Andrew Charles and his family feel betrayed.
Only a year after Andrew Charles was attacked and hospitalized by the shmira gang, and the NYPD’s memory seems to have faded. Brooklyn D.A Charles Hynes labeled the vigilante group, in an interview on May 22nd 2008 to the New York Times, as being comparable to the violent Bloods and Crips street gangs, after the groups leaders refused to cooperate with the police investigation into the beating.
Police sought a person of interest in the case, Yitzchak Shuchat, and after an investigation police learned that this individual was an active member of Shmira. Police then requested that Shmira turn Shuchat in for questioning, which they refused to do and instead whisked the individual off to Israel.
NYPD now muddied themselves with the intricacies of long and old feud between Shmira and Shmorim. With the communities best interests at hearts the police attempted to place themselves in between the two groups and force them to work together, instead the police ended up in bed with a group of criminals, violent and lawless, instead of Shomrim, a group of good people clear of any criminal record and above and beyond all scrutiny.
Standing up to its true initials, Criminals On Patrol, with C.O Peter Simonetti at its helm, who himself is also regarded as a [quote] ‘fat bully’ inside his own house. Simonetti was overheard telling members of Shmira not to worry about the criminal back round check that it will [quote] ‘not be a problem, and everyone will get in’. And it sure seems so, the papers were fudged and ‘all 21 of them’ got in.
Mother of Andrew Charles said ‘this is the most shocking and disgusting thing, first they beat up my baby and now they get a medal for it? they get official recognition?’ she said, let them turn in the monster that nearly killed my son for questioning then we can see about having them officially patrol our streets.
The NYPD refused to comment on the matter.