The NYPD on Sunday broke up a crowd of hundreds of Hasidic Jews who gathered in a street in Brooklyn for the funeral of a rabbi who died from the coronavirus. It’s one of several times over the past month that members of the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn gathered en masse for an event, defying social distancing guidelines. “The NYPD needs all New Yorkers to cooperate with the ban on social gatherings in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” the department said in a statement after the incident.”It is important to note that the vast majority are following all guidelines. The NYPD will continue to enforce social distancing and any large gathering — including services — put both members of the public and officers at risk. These gatherings must cease immediately.” Photos and videos posted by The Yeshiva World show hundreds of mourners around Hewes Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood for the funeral of 80-year-old Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Meislish. The footage shows police officers playing messages about social distancing over a loudspeaker while trying to disperse the crowd.The NYPD said there were no arrests or citations.There have been several Hasidic Jewish funerals in Brooklyn over the past


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