August 14, 1988
About 150 people marched through Manhattan's East Village singing "We Shall Overcome" to protest police conduct in a bloody melee that erupted over a park curfew. Police efforts to enforce the 1 a.m. curfew last Sunday set off a riot in which mounted and foot patrols charged the crowd with night sticks and beat people to the ground. More than 50 people were injured and 91 complaints of police brutality were filed.
June 4, 1991 |
Police in riot gear raided New York City's Tompkins Square Park, scattering about 150 homeless people as city officials closed much of the park for renovations. About 300 officers swarmed into the 10-acre park before dawn. Mayor David N. Dinkins said that 100 homeless people left the park "quickly and peacefully" and the rest gathered around a park band shell for an impromptu demonstration. Seven who remained were arrested for violating park rules, authorities said.
August 9, 1988 |
The city will not enforce a 1 a.m. curfew at most parks this summer to prevent violence similar to a weekend riot that left 38 people injured, officials said Monday. "The weather is very hot. The beaches are closed. People are really angry about (the curfew)," Mayor Edward I. Koch said of the confrontation early Sunday in Tompkins Square Park on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Koch also blamed "provocateurs," saying they incited the violence by throwing bottles and fireworks at police.
August 25, 1988 |
A deputy police chief resigned under fire Wednesday as the police commissioner issued a report blaming him and other officials for a riot at a park that led to 100 complaints of police brutality. Deputy Chief Thomas Darcy, a 31-year police veteran, commanded hundreds of police officers who were deployed to defuse a demonstration at Tompkins Square Park on Manhattan's Lower East Side on Aug. 6. The demonstration--against a 1 a.m.
April 29, 2004 |
An antiwar group planning a massive demonstration at the start of the Republican National Convention has been denied a permit to use Central Park because the crowd would be too large, officials said Wednesday. United for Peace and Justice said it planned to appeal. The city parks department denied the group's request to rally on the park's Great Lawn after a march through city streets. A permit request for the march, submitted separately to the police department, is pending.
April 30, 1992 |
Even before the beating of Rodney G. King on March 3, 1991, the videotaping of police incidents was becoming commonplace. Today there are video companies and free-lance video stringers who follow police radio calls throughout the night, hoping to catch on tape crime footage that TV stations or news programs will pay for the next morning.