On Thursday police closed off part of Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem near where an officer shot Daniel Cabrera, 28, of White Plains, NY. in the chest after the man resisted arrest and attacked the officer according to police. Cabrera has a history of mental illness and has been arrested multiple times including for assault and possession of stolen property. He has an open warrant after he failed to show in court for a disorderly conduct arrest in June. (Photo: Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)
Cabrera was charged with assault on a police officer, menacing a police officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration on Friday.
The decrepit staircase where the officer chased down Daniel Cabrerra. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) click on images to enlarge
By Geoffrey Croft
The 39-year-old police officer was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital for evaluation, treated for facial injuries released on Thursday.
Authorities say the officer has been with the department since 2005.
The historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, also known as the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower, (1856) sits atop the Acropolis, the highest elevation in Marcus Garvey Park.The area has long been a hotbed for drugs and prostitution. Instead of providing the necessary resources to secure and maintain the area which would allow the public to enjoy this formerly majestic spot, for decades the city has instead allowed it to remain in disrepair. The watchtower, a city landmark, has been allowed to severally deteriorate. The Parks Department shamefully erected a chain link fence around a large section of the perimitor of the crumbling watchtower which has created additonal public safety issues.
city landmark, is the only surviving one of eleven cast-iron watchtowers placed throughout New York City in the 1850s. $ 4 million dollars was allocated last year to repair the crumbling structure.
Crumbling staircase wall.
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