Watch a Group of Hasids Terrorize a Williamsburg Cyclist

May 9, 2013 | Andy Cush

Here’s a firsthand example of the kind of vigilante “justice” Hasidic Jews have long enforced on cyclists in Williamsburg and other areas in which they live. Rafael Huerta was riding his bike home when a Jewish man accused him of slamming into the man’s car, though it’s unclear in the video whether contact was actually made. It looks to me like Huerta was riding safely and near the shoulder of the road, and for what it’s worth, he can be heard saying he “tapped” the car but that no dent was made.

UPDATE: Cyclist responds.

From there, the man corners Huerta on his bike, gets out of the car, and begins verbally harassing and intimidating him. Eventually, at the man’s prompting, a sizable crowd gathers, blocking Huerta’s way and yelling at him. Fortunately, a good samaritan eventually arrives with help, escorting the cyclist out of the mob, but not before a physical struggle with the group of Hasids. The action starts at about 1:25 in the video above.