Why Must the 5th Pecinct Keep This Patrol Tower on Chrystie Street?
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That NYPD patrol tower we told you about last week is still stationed on the perimeter of Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton Street. Except relocated to the bike lane across the street. Nevertheless, it’s here without proper explanation, leaving locals asking why.
The Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition – staunch advocates for the park – noted that:
We are concerned that the effect [of the patrol tower] will be to intimidate the homeless people who have traditionally come to our area in hopes of help. A small number of the homeless men here help out in the Park and there are organizations nearby that serve anyone in need. Parks are the only democratic spaces left in the City where everyone mingles.
They also point out that the recent placement of patrol towers around the neighborhood is in response to the apparent police push to vilify the homeless vis-a-vis the press (a jab at Mayor de Blasio). Indeed, Sargeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins encouraged officers to snap photos of the down and out to show how they’re allegedly “ruining the city.”
Cops are visibly mum on the matter. Our numerous inquiries to the 5th Precinct about this “tower of power” have gone unanswered.