Twenty-three folks have been arrested in clashes with law enforcement officials imposing a brand new 10 pm curfew in New York’s Washington Sq. Park, police mentioned Sunday.
Movies posted on Twitter present a line of helmeted officers transferring into the park to implement the curfew Saturday evening. Officers could be seen grabbing and pushing folks as an order to disperse is introduced.
A police spokesperson mentioned eight officers suffered minor accidents whereas attempting to clear the park. Many of the 23 folks arrested have been charged with disorderly conduct and given desk look tickets, the spokesperson mentioned.
The park within the coronary heart of Greenwich Village has lengthy been a scene of protests and vigils and is a well-liked gathering place for younger folks, together with college students from close by New York College.
The ten pm curfew was first instituted during Memorial Day weekend after some neighborhood residents complained of late-night noise and drug use. The transfer was criticized Sunday by a number of Democratic mayoral candidates on social media.
A spokesperson for the town Parks Division mentioned Washington Sq. Park will shut at 10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights till additional discover. The park is open till midnight Monday via Thursday.
Enforced closures are centered on addressing massive after hours gatherings, amplified sound, extreme trashing of the park and different situations on weekends, the spokesperson, Crystal Howard, mentioned in an electronic mail.