Video Footage: 1988 Tompkins Square Park Police Riot


Last week, we reported that the city parks department reluctantly approved an August punk show to commemorate the violent 1988 police riot in Tompkins Square Park. Among those celebrating the news was Clayton Patterson, an East Village artist who filmed over three and half hours of the 1988 riot. Patterson provided the Voice with clips from that footage, which show in graphic detail a number of protesters, bystanders and even reporters being beaten by cops. That video played a large part in backing demonstrators’ claims of police brutality. Watch the video here:

Patterson’s many years of documenting the turmoil and transformation of the Lower East Side are featured in a new
film, Captured, which premiers this Thursday at NYU’s Cantor Film Center.