Union Square, one of New York City's most pristine centers of New York City-ness, has been getting a bit sketch sauce in the evening sessions. Part of the problem appears to be the behemoth of a bully in the fight above, who goes by the name of Tyrone.
Tyrone is a member of the "Fountain Gang," who apparently has some beef with the park's OWS/homeless contingent. NYC-based magazine Gothamist went all-out in their coverage for this, part of which is shown below:
We're told The Fountain Gang is angry because OWS folks have brought greater attention onto Union Square, which led to the park being closed at night—as well as more trouble for them when they've wanted to drink and smoke pot there. Sources tell us that the victim in the video above is a panhandler who identifies as a member of OWS; before the video began, Tyrone allegedly stole the victim's hat.
The two other men in the video aren't cops—one is a park manager (the man with the badge around his neck), and the other is an unshielded peace officer who has no arrest powers. The park manager repeatedly talked to Tyrone and the victim before the fight escalated to try to calm them down, to no avail. Tyrone, who is 6'6", ended up punching and beating the victim; as the video ends, the victim staggers onto the street and is hit by a car. Afterwards, police arrived and handcuffed Tyrone—but when they found the victim inside the nearby Duane Reade, he refused to press charges, and Tyrone was released.
Whatever the case may be, this Tyrone clown--who claims he's a member of the Crips--has been wreaking havoc on Union Square for quite sometime now. Another video, shows him interrupting a street performance.
While the 6'6' Tyrone is clearly a FORCE, I think we can all agree he needs to be stopped. As someone who lives a few blocks away from Tyrone's undeserved stomping grounds, I will be spending my weekend organizing an elaborate scheme to move T-man off his turf. If anyone would like to join me in this noble effort, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.