Block Party at The Cast on Orchard Street Broken up with Aggressive Arrest [VIDEO]
Rock-n-roll leather shop, The Cast, hosted its annual street party for “Make Music New York” that included performances by eight bands on Orchard Street, between Grand and Broome. The event began at noon, but by dusk, it was broken up, albeit temporarily, by police on patrol.
The story we’re hearing is that cops went to verify permits for the show. That’s when everything gets fuzzy. Unverified accounts allege that the police may have been provoked, but eyewitness footage begins late in the incident, so the immediate circumstances of the arrest remain unclear. It’s clear that the subdued crowd seemed upset with the “excessive force” and the unholstering and waving of the taser gun.
An eyewitness named Dave Feldman captured the collar as it happened (see below). He noted on Facebook that police “stormed The Cast During Beechwood’s set, put [drummer] Isa Flowers in cuffs, and placed him in a squad car.” He continued, “As the crowd began to swell around the cop cars, Beechwood’s bassist was also thrown to the ground. Police then drew taser guns at the crowd.”
Other eyewitness footage shows one of the arrested band members attempting escape from the back of the patrol car, through the rear window.
We’ve reached out to the 7th Precinct and owner of the Cast for further comment on the incident. More as it develops.
Update: Cast owner Chuck Guarino tells us, “We had the proper permits. Taped to all the amps like we always do. In the years past, the cops would roll up to check to see if we have our permits, we show them, they say ok keep it cool, and they go on their way. It was an insane act of excessive force to say the least.”