Eliyahu Werdesheim, a member of a volunteer Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group, will serve three years probation for assaulting a black teenager in Baltimore.
Even some Hasidim admit Shomrim can overstep their bounds. A conviction in the beating of a black teen in Baltimore has put the group in the spotlight.
The Shomrim serve as a private security force in many Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. A new book puts a human face on the group, but raises many troubling questions.