NYPD Patrol Tower Rolled Into Sara D. Roosevelt Park Again Yesterday
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The surveillance state continues in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. NYPD rolled out its “tower of power” in the median greenspace yesterday for the second time in as many months. Though, this go-round, it’s south of Delancey Street, right beside the sunken court.
There is still no official comment on the patrol towers of late. We are stonewalled by the 5th Precinct which doesn’t return calls. Neighbors and Parks workers surmise that it might have something to do with the purported “K2 problem” in the area. The synthetic Marijuana drug, also known as “Spice,” is reported to lead to strokes, brain damage, and even death, according to a recent report in the Daily Beast.
The Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition – staunch advocates for the park – maintain that these towers in the area are a response to the apparent police push to vilify the homeless vis-a-vis the press (a jab at Mayor de Blasio). Indeed, Sargeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins encouraged officers to snap photos of the down and out to show how they’re allegedly “ruining the city.”