Last week, New York’s mayor Bloomberg was on hand at an elaborate gala ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of a public swimming pool in Brooklyn — the Olympic-sized McCarren Pool, which cost $50 million in renovation.
A day after, the pool was shut down because “a rowdy group of teens” attacked the lifeguards.
Rich Calder reports for the New York Post, June 30, 2012, that the incident occurred around 6:15 p.m., less than hour before the pool was expected to close for the night. The pool was packed, at its capacity of 1,500 people because of the heatwave.
Parks Department spokeswoman Vickie Karp said “Lifeguards at McCarren Pool were attacked by an unruly crowd, and the pool had to close to restore order.”
Witnesses said a group of “teens” started the trouble by doing back-flips in the pool and then attacking one of the lifeguards who tried to get them to stop.
“Was just @ mccarren pool to witness a gigantic brawl between lifeguards an hs kids,” tweeted @MISTER—AOK. “Full riot w ppl elbow dropping offa lifeguard chairs.”
“Life guard assaulted, nearly drowned by group of kids; McCarren Pool closes early today. Sadface,” tweeted @apsmithnyc.
I’ve learnt that whenever a media account of a riot uses words like “youths” and “teens”, the words are euphemistic politically-correct code-words for certain racial-ethnic groups.
Sure enough, three days later, on July 3, 2012, the New York Daily News reports that three people have been arrested for the attack incident. They are:
- Rodolfo Torres, 20, charged with assault on a police officer for punching a responding cop in face.
- Jose Carmarso, 18, charged with disorderly conduct.
- Carlos Carmarso, 17, charged with disorderly conduct.
What a surprise! [snark]