The incident at the Pier Village in Long Branch, which authorities say quickly spiraled out of control, led to a public safety emergency that led to the curfew at 9 p.m. imposed by the city.
“I don’t hear any public comment on what happened at Long Brunch,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Sean Golden. “And it’s unfortunate because people need to know it’s wrong. They know they can come ashore in Jersey, but if they break the law and of course check the law, law enforcement will act and we’ll ‘respond.’
Acting Monmouth County Attorney Lori Linsky said law enforcement officials from the Long Branch Police Department, the Monmouth County Attorney’s Office, the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team, the Monmouth and Middlesex Rapid Deployment Forces, the Sheriff of New York and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office -Jersey. Transit police, everyone responded to the area.
“These businesses were closed at the time because they feared for their safety,” said freelancer Thomas Arnon.
With the exception of a few small arrests as a result of the fights that took place among the revelers, the crowd peacefully dispersed after the announcement of the curfew.
“I would like to thank all our local law enforcement agencies and our government partners for their response to today’s incident,” Linsky said. “The agencies that responded worked in unison to create a rapid, professional and tactical response to what was developing as a dangerous situation. We appreciate the efforts of Long Branch officials who imposed a curfew today in response to the public safety situation. efforts should be praised, ”Linsky said.
One police car was vandalized, but there are no significant injuries or damage to property at the moment.
He was later arrested and suspected of damaging the car, and included in the total number released by police.
“It’s a free country, right?” Said the Golden One. “People want to come ashore in Jersey and have a good time, that’s one thing. When it starts to go illegal and we start committing hooliganism, assault and property damage, it’s (another) thing.”
Authorities believe most of the participants arrived by train and were not residents of the area.
Last summer in the same area there were several similar situations of large-scale pop-up parties.
No serious injuries were reported.
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