Just recently on April 15 there took place a Memorial Tribute for the great man we know as Isaac Zellermaier OBM. I don’t need to get in to how great of a man Isaac was. For those he helped in the past, already know, for those of you who didn’t know Isaac, you could have taken the time to go to the memorial, perhaps you could have learned a thing or two of what it means to go above and beyond to help another (Jew or Gentile).
The issue here is…Peter Simonetti, Where was he that night, many politicians came to give their tribute, why didn’t Simonetti show his face?
Isaac (really) served the Crown Heights community for over 30 years. As we all heard at the tribute, he got along with everybody in the police department, starting all the way up to the commissioner, to the Chiefs and down to the local Inspectors.
Until the sad day when the bully and thug Peter Simonetti YM”S and his henchmen Lenny Wright YM”S came to serve in the 71st precinct. In the first three weeks of being in Crown Heights, Simonetti already managed to make a big mess of things.
Like the bully and thug that Simonetti is, he came to Crown Heights to destroy all that was good. From the start he
clicked (made “friends”), with the trouble makers (a.k.a Chanina Sperlin, Yankle Spritzer, the Shmira and Co.,).
When I read this…
Isaiah 5:20 speaks of such people in a like manner: “Woe to those who call the bad good, and the good bad, who take darkness to be light and light to be darkness, who take bitter to be sweet and sweet to be bitter.” Concerning them, Proverbs 2:13 states: “Those who leave the upright paths to walk in the ways of darkness.” (Rambam Hilchot De’ot – Halacha 1).
The one that comes to mind, is Peter Simonetti YM”S.
His mission was to conquer and destroy. Anybody who would dear get in his way would be mowed down. (Thank G-d, he tried and failed at this mission).
We now know, that one of Simonetti’s goals or perhaps the soul reason he was transferred to Crown Heights in the first place, was to shut down ALL Jewish Patrols, by creating a “Joint Patrol”, known as the COP, with Jews and Blacks etc… Shomrim being a strong and growing organization found no need to join such a patrol. Shomrim also knowing the past history of how these patrol end up in disaster, decided (thank G-d), to stick with the Jewish Community.
One of the many things we heard about Isaac, from a retired Sargent (who flew all the way from Florida to honor his good friend Isaac) was how “ISAAC LOVED HIS ID”. Isaac had a special ID card from the commissioner, which gave him a lot of access to the top, inableing him to help many people in though situations.
[Note: many of Isaacs close friends heard about this ID for the first time that night, he never showed it off or talked about it]. The ID for Isaac was just another toil to help others in need. He didn’t show it off and stick it in peoples faces.
Came Peter Simonetti and only being here for a few short weeks made sure Isaac losses his ID. Simonetti threatened Isaac with an alternative, “either leave/brake all contact with Shomrim or loss your ID”. We all know which one Isaac chose to stick with. In fact, when Isaac got the call from the commissioner office that he must give up his ID card. Isaac stated that he will come down personally to give it back. Later on the department begged Isaac to take it back and Isaac refused.
Peter Simonetti, Shame on you!!! No wounder you couldn’t show your face. You know what you did, your embarrassed and rightfully so. You owe Isaac an apology, you owe his family an apology and you owe the organization that Isaac gave his life for an apology.