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June 7, 2008

NYPD explains May 3 incident: photographer ejected (at FCR's request) "to maintain peace"

Atlantic Yards Report

I couldn't get an answer as to why I was removed from the privately-owned, publicly-accessible plaza outside the Atlantic Terminal mall on May 3, as counter-protestors gathered in response to the "Time Out" rally. However, Brooklyn resident Sidney Meyer at least got an explanation for why photographer Adrian Kinloch was ejected: The police were acting in response to Forest City Ratner's request.

That doesn't answer why I was removed. I suspect that, after I greeted Kinloch, who was surrounded by police officers, the cops simply classified me as a Kinloch confederate, even though I said I was there only to take notes and talk to people.

That doesn't say much for Forest City Ratner's vaunted pledge, “When it comes to sharing information with the public and governmental bodies, there’s no such thing as too much, as far as we are concerned."

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Posted by amy at June 7, 2008 9:06 PM