Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews fail to wear masks or socially distance as they watch a raccoon stuck in window grate in Brooklyn

 A large group of unmasked ultra-Orthodox Jewish people convened in front of a Brooklyn store to watch an angry raccoon that was stuck in the window grate in the apartment above.

The crowd failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines as they watched the spectacle in front of 285 Lee Avenue in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Friday. 

Williamsburg News filmed the 90th Precinct of the New York Police Department arriving at the scene, not to disperse the crowds, but to get the mammal from the grate.

People in a Brooklyn neighborhood gathered to watch the angry raccoon on Friday

People in a Brooklyn neighborhood gathered to watch the angry raccoon on Friday 

Huge, maskless crowd watches raccoon removal in Jewish community
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The crowd failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines as they watched the spectacle in front of 285 Lee Avenue in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Friday

The crowd failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines as they watched the spectacle in front of 285 Lee Avenue in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Friday


As the officers work to retrieve the raccoon, many in the community gathered to watch.


Most could be seen not wearing masks and some even blocked traffic to get a good view.

It is unknown what became of the raccoon after it was rescued.

Officers did not appear to be concerned the crowds - or their lack of masks. 

Officers with the 90th Precinct arrived at the scene to retrieve the mammal but did not appear too concerned with the large crowd or its lack of masks

Officers with the 90th Precinct arrived at the scene to retrieve the mammal but did not appear too concerned with the large crowd or its lack of masks

Few in the crowd that gathered to watch the raccoon rescue wore masks

Few in the crowd that gathered to watch the raccoon rescue wore masks

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Hasidic community in Brooklyn have gone back and forth in the days of the pandemic, with ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area all but rejecting most social-distancing guidelines. 

Prior to the election, the lockdown measures by Cuomo prompted some to stoke demonstrations against the measures - with some Ultra-Orthodox Jews claiming they were being targeted by the Democratic governor for their support of President Donald Trump.  

In October, a New York federal judge ruled that Cuomo's partial lockdown was lawful, dismissing a claim from Ultra-Orthodox Jewish organizations that it violated the free exercise of their religion. 

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews fail to wear masks or socially distance as they watch a raccoon stuck in window grate in Brooklyn Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews fail to wear masks or socially distance as they watch a raccoon stuck in window grate in Brooklyn Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:52 Rating: 5

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