NYPD Officers Responding in Columbus Park [Video]
Earlier today, we received a concerned email from a reader documenting an arrest in Columbus Park on Sunday. From what we understand, six officers responded to some sort of situation involving a sixty-year-old musician who frequents the park most weekends. The action prompted outrage and screaming from park-goers, many of whom are elderly. At one point, mace was drawn to subdue the crowd.
UPDATE: New information is this followup.
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The tipster sent along video, along with the following note:
my friend uploaded that clip, which happened on 5/8/11 sunday afternoon at columbus park. from what she heard, someone complained theres a lot of noise from the park and he was there playing instrument. i guess thats the reason why they were arresting him? but nonetheless, there is NO REASON TO BEAT UP A 60+ yrs old man that plays instrument at columbus park every weekend, you can clearly see the blood on his face. Columbus park is known for chinese elders to hang out in the afternoon, play chess, cards, sing, play instruments or just to chat. is it really necessary for that many cops for 1 chinese elder?
Columbus Park is located in Chinatown at the foot of Mulberry Street, between Mosco and Bayard.