Parks staff shuts down Clinton Hill pool after cops arrest teen

Cops arrested a teenager at Commodore Barry Pool on Thursday, causing Parks staffers to close the bath.
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This year’s pool day was wet — and wild!

Parks Department staff shut down Commodore Barry Pool on Thursday, after cops tackled and cuffed a teen involved in a scuffle that occurred on the opening day for city pools.

The incident occurred as dozens of exasperated Brooklynites lined N. Elliott Place in the sizzling heat waiting for the Clinton Hill pool to reopen following a mid-day break at around 4:20 p.m. — about 20 minutes after the pool was scheduled to open.

The 16-year-old boy and his friend had been arguing, and at one point a NYC Parks worker tried to break up the fight, grabbing the teen, according one witness.

“Then the supervisor came out, he was hot-headed and started jumping on him like he was a grown-ass man his age,” said Daequa Turner, a friend of the cuffed teen.

The teen tried walk away from the scuffle just as several squad cars rolled up to the pool, and about a dozen cops tackled and then surrounded the teen, according to witnesses, who noted one female officer was spotted yanking on the kid’s hair.

“She pulled his hair and everything. She was going in,” said Sandra Rodriguez.

In one failed attempt to grab the teen, an officer tripped and fell to the pavement, and one onlooker speculated that police overreacted as a result.

“He didn’t know who was behind him, and they thought the cop got body-slammed or something, and they went crazy on him,” said Joachim Carels. “It’s insane, I mean there were 20 cops, a disproportionate response.”

Turner said that police failed to give the teen any warning, and were too quick to resort to violence.

“They didn’t say stop or nothing, tackled him for no reason and didn’t ask nobody what happened, or nothing,” he said. “That’s not how you f------ do your job.”

Police at the scene refused to explain why the teen was cuffed, referring this reporter to the Police Department’s press office, where a spokesman could not immediately comment on the incident.

Commodore Barry Pool is one of six city pools to benefit from a makeover as part of the city’s “Cool Pools NYC” program, and now features lounge chairs, cabana-style tents, new plants, and summer-themed wall art new this year.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 7:55 pm, June 27, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
LOL at the fat piggy falling flat on his fat face! A.C.A.B., remember that folks!
June 27, 7:31 pm
Eff jay aye from Bushwick says:
All I can say to the bodyslammed teen, don’t start none, won’t be none
June 28, 8:22 am
LT from Fort Greene-Clinton Hill says:
It's shameful on both sides. The youth by all accounts was in a one on one heated verbal altercation with his friend and the situation escalated in a public venue. The Pool staff gets involved,the situation further escalates. The police are summoned to deescalate the situation... further escalation erupts. No arrest... Mediation
June 28, 9:41 am
Steve from Clinton hill says:
These feral teenagers are the scourge of the neighborhood
June 28, 10:42 am
Local from Here says:
LOL at —— steve. Probably a trump voter.
June 28, 11:07 am
Local from Here says:
Dooshbag steve.
June 28, 11:07 am
Tyler from pps says:
Seriously... Do the police know how to react in *any* way other than with aggression? Teens being hormonal idiots, doing what teens do. It's not acceptable behavior. And it should be corrected. This was not how you do that. This made the situation worse. I saw many fights break out (and many more get close to it) in my high school. Armed police, never mind a dozen or more, were ever needed. Ever. It was handled by ONE man deescalating the situation. In a rare instance, two men were required. No aggressive tackling. No swarming of a dozen officers with their hand on their weapons. (Not to mention, this kid is probably going to be charged with assaulting an officer -- even though, all he saw and reacted to was probably a random man charging at him, not an officer)
June 28, 12:20 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Tyler obviously didn’t attend high school in an NYC public school.
June 28, 1:59 pm
Local from Here says:
Barry is obviously still a racist shartbag who thinks Obama wasn't born in the U.S.
June 28, 2:08 pm
Joe from Prospect Heights says:
That could have been handled so much better. I think of how lucky we were as teenagers to not be under police watch. A lot of stupid —— that didnt amount to anything would have ruined our lives.
June 28, 3:24 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
ACAB, no matter what they look like.
June 28, 7:11 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
ACAB. True dat!
June 28, 7:42 pm
Dwayne from Clinton Hill says:
They frequently harrass people in the park.
June 28, 8:27 pm
BarryMichael Okun from Prospect Heights says:
The Brooklyn Paper, of all publications, should know that Commodore Barry Park is NOT IN CLINTON HILL.
June 28, 10:50 pm
Poon Wong says:
What is wrong with these teens? Bad parents? We’re they on drugs?!?!?
June 29, 2:20 am
Fontrose from Park Slope says:
He wouldn’t be so aggressive if he had attended drag queen story time!!
June 30, 4:30 am
Elizabeth from Williamsburg says:
You can CLEARLY see the teen tackle the police officer. Not as stated in the article “no one fell” the teen picked him up from his legs. Classy youth
July 2, 1:26 pm
culprit from Brooklyn says:
What you don't see is the cop pushing ME (a middle aged woman) on his way to rushing the kid. The kid did not "tackle" the cop, he did push him away, which was a dumb move. Did that require 30 cops? That's how many were there--I counted. 30 cops for two teenagers fighting. Your tax dollars at work!
July 4, 9:28 am

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