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Police officers dressed in riot gear enforce the new curfew in Washington Square Park.

On Saturday, chaos ensued in Washington Square Park as NYPD officers attempted to enforce a newly implemented 10 p.m. curfew.

Police in riot gear clashed with dozens of parkgoers who stayed past the deadline in the Greenwich Village space.

According to law enforcement sources, at least 22 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and violating park rules. According to sources, five officers were injured.

Officers formed a line and yelled at people to "move back" as a public address system warned revelers to leave the park voluntarily or face arrest.

On June 5, 2021, police arrested at least 22 people for unlawful assembly and violating new park rules in Washington Square Park.
On June 5, 2021, police arrested at least 22 people for unlawful assembly and violating new park rules in Washington Square Park.

Police officers were then seen using physical force, such as pushing and grabbing, to disperse those who formed a human chain in defiance of the command.

Cops behind barricades are seen firing an unknown substance at a man who lunges at them and shatters a bottle at one point.

Another unconfirmed video posted to Twitter Saturday night shows an officer brandishing a taser at people as they marched the unlawful assembly back past the park's perimeter.

Additionally, officers could be seen congregating around a suspect who appeared to be handcuffed and lying on the ground.

Recent complaints about the park's behavior compelled the NYPD to enforce the curfew.
Recent complaints about the park's behavior compelled the NYPD to enforce the curfew.

According to sources, one cop was struck by a thrown garbage can, another pulled their shoulder while making an arrest, another suffered a possible broken finger, and two officers were struck by bottles.

The temporary weekend curfew was implemented in response to complaints about rampant drug use, loud music, and large gatherings in the heart of the historically free-spirited neighborhood. Previously, the park closed at 12 a.m.

When contacted early Sunday, the NYPD stated that it had no information about Saturday night's clashes or arrests.