Tompkins Square Park Chained Shut

City Room reports that the police closed Tompkins Square Park around 8 p.m., presumably to keep last night’s protesters at bay. One would-be park-goer didn’t understand why the gates were still chained after 10 p.m. “It just feels creepy that this public gem is being closed down,” said a 33-year-old architect. Gideon Oliver, New York President of the National Lawyers Guild, tells Runnin’ Scared, “The summary closure of a public park, when New York City rules require that park to be open, flies in the face of those rules, and the rule of law more generally.”