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Police Council President Speaks Out on Nightlife Crackdown

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A short time ago, we posted an item on last night’s 7th Precinct Community Council meeting. In spite of persistent questions from a Grub Street reporter, Deputy Inspector Nancy Barry and Captain David Miller declined to discuss their Lower East Side bar crackdown in-depth.  But Community Council President Don West did have a few things to say:

“It doesn’t make sense,” council president Donald West told us before the meeting got under way at the brick station house on Pitt Street. West said there wasn’t much serious crime in the rapidly gentrifying community and contended it was “crazy” to have mounted police come in to control crowds of pub crawlers on weekends. “It’s like going back to the TPF days,” he said, referring to the volunteer Tactical Patrol Force of horseback officers who patrolled the East Village during the drug-ravaged hippie era.

You can read the full Grub Street post here.

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