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Officer, I didn’t even see the Indians. ” It was Barry Stein, another TPF cop who was working the foot post next to mine. Barry was six-one and heavily muscled. ” I gave Barry the license and registration and he walked back to Moishe. ” Moishe did as he was told. ” Visibly sweating now, Moishe pleaded, “Officer, please don’t give me a ticket, I’m just a poor chicken purveyor working hard to support my family. ” Then Moishe said it, and a new way of describing an offered bribe was added to the police vocabulary: “Don’t be a schmuck .
Bravado changed to fear as they began trampling each other in an attempt to flee. Many of them ran into buildings, but a hell of a lot of them were beaten down with axe handles and trampled by the wedge. Ten minutes later we reached the end of the block. We turned to survey what we had done. The street and sidewalks were covered with bodies, some unconscious, and some writhing in pain, bleeding and moaning. Others were staggering off somewhere to lick their wounds. That’s how forty TPF cops put down four thousand rioters and broke the back of the Brooklyn riots.
Between the three squads there were forty-two of us. We grabbed our protective riot gear, which consisted of a white air raid warden’s steel helmet and nothing else. Unlike today’s well dressed riot cop, we had no bulletproof vests, full helmets with shatterproof face plates, handheld shields, or high laced combat boots. We were stuffed into commandeered patrol cars and as soon as one filled up it took off with lights flashing and sirens wailing. Inside, faces showed no emotion, mouths spoke no words, and blank eyes stared straight ahead as we sped along Riverside Drive.