Oct 11, 2011 letter from Richard B. Clark, CEO of Zuccotti Park, to Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, NY City Police Department.
We fully support the right of free speech and assembly, but the manner in which the protesters are occupying the Park violates the law, violates the rules of the Park, deprives the community of its rights of quiet enjoyment to the Park, and creates health and public safety issues that need to be addressed immediately.
Additionally, we have received hundreds of phone calls and emails from concerned citizens and office workers in the neighborhood. Complaints range from outrage over numerous laws being broken including but not limited to lewdness, groping, drinking and drug use, to the lack of safe accesss to and usage of the Park, to ongoing noise at all hours, to unsanitary conditions and to offensive odors. We have received complaints of harassment, one woman stating that she was verbally abused in front of her 5-year-old child and complaining that she had a package stolen from her as she tried to cross the Park.
We are also concerned with the constant deliveries of materials to the Park. Delivery vehicles have now been appearing on a daily basis with packages of all shapes and sizes for the Park’s occupants. None of these deliveries are being screening by our security team or the police for suspicious or harmful materials. The Park’s location in the financial district makes this activity particularly concerning.
For all of these reasons, we cannot currently ensure that the Park is safe nor can we perform the necessary cleaning, inspection, damage assessment and repairs. In light of this and the ongoing trespassing of the protesters, we are again requesting the assistance of the NYC Police Department to help clear the Park so that we can undertake this work at the earliest possible time. (bolding mine)
So the park owners are asking (they write “again”) for the help of the police in clearing the park. What’s going to happen here? Will the city refuse? (have they already, hence the “again”?) Will police move in, and violence erupt between them and protesters? What are your predictions?
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