Black politicians and church leaders blasted cops Sunday for storming a Crown Heights church during services to pursue a suspect in a traffic incident.Police chased Kendall Jones, 18, into the Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist Church Friday night after he dumped a stolen car and fled.
“The police violated the sanctity of this house of worship,” said Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Crown Heights). “The police conducted themselves as if they were raiding a crack house as opposed to being in a house of worship.”
He said police would have acted with more restraint in a white neighborhood.
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“This type of police behavior would not have occurred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said Jeffries, who was joined at a press conference by Councilwoman Letitia James (WFP-Prospect Heights) and state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Flatbush).
Cops said they did nothing wrong and pointed out that Jones drove the wrong way down a one-way street and up on a sidewalk.
“Police acted appropriately in apprehending as quickly as possible an individual who was endangering the public,” the NYPD said.