The Greenwich Village Community Board meeting descended into chaos Wednesday night as anti-police protesters repeatedly shouted at local officers and NYPD officers – at one point calling the commander of the local police a “racist piece of s-t.”
Unruly attendees argued with officers and older local residents whether police should act at a late night, community board 2 meeting on wild parties inside Washington Square Park, which was promoted by police oversight activists.
Most of the participants were rowdy and disruptive as they accused the police of using extreme tactics to target minorities and enforce midnight curfew in the park.
NYPD Captain Stephen Spataro, commanding officer of the 6th compound, was called a “racist piece of S-T” that would “go to hell,” as protesters shouted at a joint panel of local officials, including Parks’ CB2 representative Were. and the Waterfront Committee and the Human Services Committee.
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Spataro said major incidents of crime and vandalism have decreased since July 1, thanks in particular to an influx of police maintaining a presence in the park near the famous arch.
“We are not looking for enforcement,” Spataro said. “We want to pass the night without arrest, without any summons, to make everyone feel safe, but we will [make] Arrests if needed are our aim that our presence there will avert any issue.”
Gia Lisa Krahn, a director of Alchemical Studios, an arts and theater business on West 14th Street, claimed she was the victim of police brutality when she was in the park following the 10 p.m. curfew, which was enforced several times in the spring. was done.
“The captain talks about the police presence, as if it’s something that makes everyone feel safe,” said Karen.
“But they are a hundred cops on military bicycles since 8:30 pm. On June 5, I was the first person to be brutally arrested. I was not there to protest. It was 10:05 pm , and five men pulled me forward, and smacked my face to the ground, and made my friend who was next to me bleed while I was walking behind.”
In response, Spataro said police repeatedly warned people in the park that they would be arrested if they didn’t follow the curfew, and dozens of officers have been attacked in recent months.
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David “Shaman” Ortiz, 28, who credits himself with starting the recent wave of parties and unlicensed boxing matches at the park, said he and fellow members of the “Be Outside Crew” are providing a community service .
“What we do is enhance the sound and communication of the community that has already been in Washington Square Park forever,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said, “This park has been around for decades before any of you are alive. Artists have been coming there for centuries. It’s a place of community. It’s a place, a place of reception.”
“And yes, I was arrested for it. And yes, just three days ago my case was dismissed for being arrested for loud noise. Want to know why? Because it’s bull,” he said. Said.
At one point during the chaotic meeting, Ortiz walked over to a table where the panel members were sitting and shouted at the officers’ faces.
“I know I’m out of turn, according to the bluebook rules, but I just found that what you did was very intimidating, coming straight at me. I didn’t appreciate it and I thought it was incredibly It was rude and intimidating and I just want you to know that,” Georgia Silver Seaman of the Parks/Waterfront Committee said after Ortiz’s accusation to the panel.
Longtime local residents fired at rioters – most of whom come from outside the neighborhood to party in the park.
Bill Warren, 69, said, “There’s a lot of irrational things going on. I think I’m fair. I think most of us would like to be fair.” “It’s not fair to have 200 decibels every night.”
A local resident said she now avoids Washington Square due to rampant drug use and homelessness.
“I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 45 years, I don’t go near that park anymore. I probably stopped doing that five or six months ago because of what I was seeing here, and the things I was in. Very upset. Hearing from the neighborhood,” Mary Quinlan told the crowd.