On Sunday the 14th, a local business improvement district held a street fair on the Sunset Park strip in Brooklyn. The fair had a permit to close Fifth Avenue, the neighborhood’s main drag, until 6 p.m. When things were still hopping at closing time, the police agreed to keep the street closed until 7. When the extra hour was up and officers started opening up the avenue, though, what Commissioner Bratton described later as “an altercation” took place between some officers and street vendors.
Several people were subdued using varying levels of force. An NYPD officer suffered an ankle injury and five people were hauled in. One or more were accused of assault; others were charged with resisting arrest or obstruction of government administration, although it’s anyone’s guess exactly what prompted those broadly-applied charges.
One vendor arrested that evening, Jonathan D., probably couldn’t explain why he was charged. Certainly the 22-year-old fruit vendor couldn’t tell you why he was beaten to the ground and kicked in the back.