Locals, cops injured during weekend Bed-Stuy riots: NYPD

Rioters threw glass bottles and other projectiles at cops, who responded to break up two seperate ruckus gatherings in Bedford-Stuyvesant over the weekend.
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Bedford-Stuyvesant residents and several police officers were injured amid riots and sporadic gunfire that followed an annual barbecue at the Marcy Housing Projects last weekend.

Police claim locals partying at the Marcy Avenue projects near Park Avenue began hurling glass bottles and other objects at officers responding to reports of an unruly gathering at 11 p.m. on Aug. 17.

One officer was hit with an unknown projectile, and another was injured after he was assaulted by a teenager on the scene, according to police.

Cops used pepper spray to break up the crowd, causing some officers to sustain self-inflicted injuries to their eyes, authorities said.

The injured officers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, and at least 10 rioters were arrested in connection with the incident, police said.

Locals shared a different version of events on social media, claiming the event was peaceful until police showed up and started breaking up what one Instagram user called a relatively low-key Marcy Day.

“Marcy Day was as peaceful as it’s ever been. The amount of people celebrating Marcy Day has decreased substantially. There were no guns, no fights, not really even arguments... This was all abuse of power,” Fonzarelly James commented below a collection of videos posted on Instagram that depicted victims of the police action, including one man flushing his eyes with milk following a pepper spray assault.

A spokesman for the Police Department could not immediately comment regarding the number of civilian injuries that occurred amid the riot.

Police responded to a second incident three hours later, when multiple gunmen opened fire as officers responded to another riot at Bainbridge and Thomas Boyland streets, according to authorities.

No one was injured, and it is unclear if the shots were directed at police, cops said.

Five people were arrested in connection with that incident and slapped with various charges, including a 23-year-old man, who was cuffed for allegedly attempting to assault a police officer, cops said.

The Police Benevolent Association — the largest police union in the city — responded to the turbulent events by criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was in New Hampshire for a presidential campaign swing at the time.

“How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment?” someone tweeted from the union’s account. “When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough? Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse.”

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Updated 2:08 pm, August 19, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Bubbalicious Jackson from Marcy Houses says:
Da party was as peaceful as ever, only 5 shootings and 3 stabbins, Da pigs gotta ruin all da fun!
Aug. 19, 2019, 2:08 pm
Jim from Brooklyn says:
Kudos to these EMT volunteers helping our finest,
Aug. 19, 2019, 2:54 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Can the author of this article define "riot" please? It seems to cover a large spectrum of possibilities.
Aug. 19, 2019, 3:23 pm
Chad from Ft Greene says:
It’s only a little gunfire. These snowflake cops need to relax and let people be.
Aug. 19, 2019, 3:52 pm
Jeff from Bed-Stuy says:
There are no circumstances in the City of New York where shooting a gun, assaulting anyone, or disorder of this level is acceptable. People are quick to criticize law enforcement's response, but do they prefer chaos? I don't!
Aug. 19, 2019, 4:34 pm
Taekwonderoga Robinson says:
Seems to be a lot of ‘sporadic gunfire’ happening in congressman Hakeem Jeffries district. I’m sure he will blame it all on white supremacy and systemic racism.
Aug. 19, 2019, 5:04 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
All Cops Are Basturds, remember that folks.
Aug. 19, 2019, 7:35 pm
Local from Here says:
Welcome to real Brooklyn, yuppie transplants. The locals are coming for you next.
Aug. 19, 2019, 9:11 pm
OJ says:
The locals are animals. Let’s speed up gentrification and put an end to this repetitive crap. Let the Hasids take over the Marcy Houses, you know they want to.
Aug. 19, 2019, 9:32 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
All Cops Are Benevolent, remember that folks.
Aug. 19, 2019, 10:26 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
So the NYPD sprayed themselves in the face? ...HAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA
Aug. 20, 2019, 7:46 am
Barbara from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
So several unruly individuals are now a riot? I think you need to look back a few decades to see some real riots.
Aug. 20, 2019, 9:23 am
Jo from Clinton Hill says:
Fact check: If Hasids taking over the area will be much safer, No crime, No drugs, No Guns, No gangs, No loud music especially after hours, etc...
Aug. 20, 2019, 11:37 am
Dav from Brooklyn says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says: yap Henry is a perfect example...
Aug. 20, 2019, 2 pm
Jim from Baltimore says:
I see archaic customs as abuse, child abuse when kids aren’t taught real stuff and when women have to do weird stuff and (shave heads etc) and the chicken stuff... it’s quite cultish —it’s 2019
Aug. 20, 2019, 7:29 pm
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
We must abolish all elements of the white supremacy structure, and ICE and the police are prime in supporting this patriarchy. We must end all police forces and let the people organize rules as they see fit for themselves.
Aug. 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
To jim Baltimore says:
They wear wigs because only their husbands are supposed to see their hair. I guess you believe any rumor you are spoon fed.
Aug. 20, 2019, 9:50 pm
Harry Haller from Bed-Stuy says:
The NYPD is majority minority so the whole "racism" angle is moot. This idea that law and order in society is a bad thing has got to stop. It's a formula for transforming this nation into a third world hell hole. Bed-Stuy is changing, just like the rest of NYC. No neighborhood has a right to do what it wants without regard for civility. Everyone has a right to live in peace without worrying about gunshots and rioting at all hours of the night...and yes, I was born and raised here in NYC. Deal with it.
Aug. 20, 2019, 9:59 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
All trump supporters are uneducated bigots, remember that folks.
Aug. 21, 2019, 12:19 pm
Whoopi Goldfarb says:
All Democrat voters live in The projects and collect welfare Most of them are violent and racist towards Whites. Most of them are brainwashed by the media and Hollywood. Most of them think Obama did a great job with giving them Hope. Most of them love watching Obama hanging with all his white billionaire friends. Most of them think CNN is real news.
Aug. 21, 2019, 3:28 pm
Jo from Clinton Hill says:
Whoopi Goldfarb says:Agree 100 percent.
Aug. 21, 2019, 3:57 pm
Whoopi Goldfarb says:
I like to make up stats to bolster my bigotry, then I go one step further by posting under the name of a prominent woman who is a POC. That’s how sad my life is and how little of a man I am. I wish I was courageous enough to post under my real name, but I am too much of a coward to let people know my racist views.
Aug. 22, 2019, 8:18 am

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