COLUMBUS PARK POLICE INCIDENT

This past Sunday, there was an incident involving the police that has created an uproar in our community.

An elderly man playing an instrument in Columbus Park was arrested because of a noise complaint.

All over Facebook, I found my friends posting a video of the incident.  I have felt very upset after watching it (the links are below).  I think the way he was arrested was excessive for something so minor.

Columbus Park has always been a place for our seniors to congregate and practice their arts.  Whether it be playing an instrument or practicing tai chi, Columbus Park is a place for the elderly as much as it is for our youth.  Without people like the man arrested in the video performing in Chinatown, the neighborhood would lose part of its essence.

Here is the video clip & some articles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xrTD085eNI&feature=player_embedded

http://www.boweryboogie.com/2011/05/nypd-officers-responding-in-columbus-park-video/

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114225345330438

Follow up story: http://www.boweryboogie.com/2011/05/the-public-responds-to-the-columbus-park-arrest/