NBC New York, July 3, 2012
Days after an unruly crowd attacked lifeguards at Brooklyn’s newly renovated McCarren Park pool, a police officer was punched in the face and another hurt his wrist in a confrontation with swimmers, authorities said.
Police said the officers, who were assigned to the pool, were injured Monday when trying to enforce the “No Dive” rule. A 20-year-old swimmer punched one of the officers in the side of the face. The second officer hurt his wrist while trying to handcuff the swimmer, police said.
In a separate incident at the pool Monday, police say a 17-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were arrested and charged with inciting to riot against an officer and disorderly conduct.
Authorities heightened security at the public Olympic-sized pool after swimmers attacked a lifeguard who told them not to do backflips into the water on Friday.
[Editor’s Note: Locals have reported of increased littering and graffiti in the area, as well as sightings of “human waste.”]