Police in riot gear enforce Washington Square Park curfew



Chaos erupted in Washington Square Park on Saturday as NYPD officers tried to enforce a newly-instated 10 p.m. curfew.

Police in riot gear clashed with scores of parkgoers who stayed in the Greenwich Village space past deadline.

At least 22 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and violation of park rules, according to law enforcement sources. Five cops were injured, the sources said.

Video posted on Twitter showed officers forming a line and yelling at people to “move back,” as a public address system warned revelers to voluntarily leave the park or be subject to arrest.

Police could then be seen using physical force, including pushing and grabbing, to separate those who formed a human chain in defiance of the command.

At one point, cops behind barricades are seen firing an unknown substance at a man who lunged at them and smashed a bottle.

NYPD recently imposed a 10 p.m. curfew in Washington Square Park.
The NYPD recently imposed a 10 p.m. curfew in Washington Square Park.
Seth Gottfried
NYPD imposed the curfew due to recent complaints.
Recent complaints regarding behavior in the park forced the NYPD to enforce the curfew.
Seth Gottfried

An officer could also be seen pointing a taser at people as they marched the unlawful assembly back past the perimeter of the park, in another unverified clip posted to Twitter Saturday night.

Officers could also be seen gathering around a suspect who appeared to be handcuffed on the ground.

One cop was hit was a thrown garbage can, another pulled their shoulder while making an arrest, one suffered a possible broken finger, and two officers were hit with bottles, according to sources.

Police and city parks department officials instituted the temporary weekend curfew amid complaints of rampant drug use, loud music and large gatherings in the center of the historically free-spirited neighborhood. Previously, the park’s closing time was midnight.

The NYPD said it did not have any details on Saturday night’s clashes or information about the arrests when reached early on Sunday.


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