Anthology Screening Clayton Patterson’s Uncut Tompkins Square Park Riot Footage

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 at 6:39 am by
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[Photo: Clayton Patterson]August 6, 1988 is a night that still lives in infamy – the Tompkins Square Park riots. Twenty-five years ago, the 1 am curfew bestowed on the 24-hour park became a rallying point and cause for NYPD to charge the crowd of protesters. Over 100 complaints of police brutality followed.

Clayton Patterson was thrust into national headlines for capturing the entire event on tape. His ordeal and story were preserved in the excellent film Captured, but the unedited original tapes were never publicly shown. That’s all about to change. Next month, on the anniversary of the event, the Anthology Film Archives will host a screening of the uncut footage. All 213 minutes. Patterson will also be there in person.

Here’s more from the press release:

In what was the first of many legal cases for Patterson concerning artists’ rights to their work and freedom of expression, he was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up his tape which is the only concrete account of what really happened
that night.

The actions of officers against neighborhood residents, homeless individuals, affordable housing advocates, anarchists, squatters, and others resulted in the filing of over 100 complaints of police brutality.

This footage was important evidence in the investigations and legal proceedings that followed, and several officers were disciplined or criminally indicted. The city also paid an estimated $2-3 million in settlements to the injured.

Despite the tape’s infamy, few have ever actually seen it…especially in its entirety.

August 6 at 7:00 PM

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