Two Policemen Injured at Hasidic Rabbi's Brooklyn Funeral

At the funeral of Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, one NYPD officer was hurt when a drone fell out of the sky, the other was injured by a car in the procession.

Thousands of mourners gather in Borough Park, Brooklyn for the funeral of The Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, on April 02, 2019.
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NEW YORK - Two NYPD officers were injured at the crowded funeral of Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, the Rebbe of the Skulen Hasidic group, which took place in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The policemen were among a number deployed to ensure security at the procession. One of them was hit by a drone that ran out of power and fell from the sky, and the second was injured by a car, the Police department said. 

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At a press conference, NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said that the drone operator "is being looked at, but no one is being charged for that incident." Commissioner James P. O'Neill clarified that the first officer suffered only minor injuries, and that the second, whose leg was hurt by a vehicle during the procession, may have a broken ancle

Rabbi Portugal died Monday at age 95 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Thousands attended the funeral in the Orthodox neighborhood of Borough Park. 

A Holocaust survivor, he was considered a major figure in the Hassidic community. He was known for his asceticism and his opposition to technology such as television and the internet, as well as for composing Hasidic melodies.