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Heavy-duty police presence for Washington Square Arch

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Murders and shootings are way up citywide, but at least in Greenwich Village the Washington Square Arch is safe.

Early last Friday afternoon, a total of four police officers could be seen guarding the marble monument.

Last month, Sixth Precinct officers told The Village Sun that the arch was, in fact, under 24/7 guard, and that at least two cops would be protecting it at any one time, while additional officers would be assigned around the park to be ready for protests should they pop up.

On June 29, vandals pelted the arch’s pair of George Washington statues with balloons filled with red paint. Outraged, President Trump subsequently tweeted that the “two Anarchists” who did it should turn themselves in, and would face 10 years behind bars.

Toward the end of last month, police released additional photos of the alleged arch vandals.

It’s not clear why a total of four officers were posted on arch duty on Friday afternoon, though maybe it’s possible they were on overlapping shifts. Asked about it, one of the officers just shrugged and said he didn’t have an answer.

One Comment

  1. Choresh Wald Choresh Wald August 19, 2020

    There are two Ninth Precinct officers watching a statue in Tompkins Square Park 24/7 in an idling van blocking a park path.

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