A Greenwich Village neighborhood board meeting descended into chaos Wednesday night time as anti-cop protesters repeatedly yelled at native officers and NYPD officers — at one level calling the commander of the native police precinct “a racist piece of s—t.”
The unruly attendees argued with officers and older native residents about whether or not or not cops ought to crack down on late-night, wild events inside Washington Square Park on the Community Board 2 meeting, which was promoted by police oversight activists.
A majority of contributors had been rowdy and disruptive as they accused cops of concentrating on minorities and utilizing extreme techniques to implement a midnight curfew in the park.
NYPD Captain Stephen Spataro, the commanding officer of the sixth precinct, was known as a “racist piece of s—t” who will “go to hell,” as protestors shouted at a joint-panel of native officers comprised of CB2 representatives from the Parks and Waterfront committee and Human Services committee.
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Spataro stated main incidents of crime and vandalism have decreased since July 1, because of an inflow of cops who keep a presence in the park, particularly close to the famed Arch.
“We’re not looking for enforcement,” Spataro stated. “We’d like to get through the night with no arrests, no summonses, we’re there just to make everyone feel safe, but we will [make] arrests when need be. Our goal is that our presence there will deter any issues.”
Gia Lisa Krahne, a director of Alchemical Studios, an artwork and theatre enterprise on West 14th Street, claimed she was a sufferer of police brutality when she was in the park previous the ten p.m. curfew that was at instances enforced in the spring.
“The captain speaking about the presence of the police, as if this is something that makes everyone feel safe,” Krahne stated.
“But they are having a hundred police out there from after 8:30 p.m. many times on militarized bicycles. On June 5, I was the first person brutally arrested. I was not there to protest. It was 10:05 p.m., and five men pulled me forward, and threw me facedown on the ground, and bloodied my friend that was next to me while I was walking backwards.”
In response, Spataro stated police repeatedly warned individuals in the park they might be arrested if they didn’t adjust to the curfew, and famous dozens of officers have been attacked in latest months.
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David “Shaman” Ortiz, 28, who credited himself with beginning the latest wave of events and unlicensed boxing matches in the park, stated he and fellow members of the “Be Outside Crew” are offering a neighborhood service.
“What we do is we amplify the sound and the communication of the community that’s already been there in Washington Square Park for forever,” Ortiz stated.
“This park has been around for decades before any of you have even been alive. Artists have been flocking there for centuries. This is a place of community. This is a place to be, a place of welcome,” Ortiz stated.
“And yes, I was arrested for this. And yes, just three days ago my case was dismissed for being arrested for amplified sound. Wanna know why? Cuz it’s bull,” he added.
At one level in the course of the chaotic meeting, Ortiz run as much as a desk the place panel members had been seated and yelled in the officers’ faces.
“I know I’m out of turn, according to the Bluebook rules, but I just found what you did to be very intimidating, coming straight at me. I did not appreciate that and I thought it was incredibly rude and intimidating and I just wanted you to know that,” Georgia Silvera Seamans, of the Parks/Waterfront Committee, stated after Ortiz charged as much as the panel.
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Longtime native residents fired again on the rabble-rousing revelers — the vast majority of whom commute to get together in the park from outdoors the neighborhood.
“There’s been plenty of irrational stuff going on. I’d like to think I’m being reasonable; I think most of us would like to be reasonable,” Bill Warren, 69, stated. “It’s not reasonable to have 200 decibels at 2 a.m. every night.”
One native resident stated she now avoids Washington Square due to rampant drug use and homelessness.
“I have lived in this neighborhood for 45 years, I don’t walk near that park now. I stopped doing that probably about five or six months ago because I was so disturbed by what I was seeing here, and the things that I was hearing from the neighborhood,” Mary Quinlan advised the group.
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