Violence plagues newly renovated McCarren Park pool

July 3, 2012 3:16:52 PM PDT
A newly renovated and reopened pool in Brooklyn is being plagued by a wave of violence.

Three people were arrested Tuesday night at McCarren Park, just three days after the pool was shut down because of fights.

Two police officers had to be taken the hospital after the incident, including one who was reportedly punched in the face.

Cell phone pictures by Evan Rose, of The Gothamist, captured the scene moments after the violence broke out around 5:20 p.m.

Rodolfo Torres, 20, allegedly punched the cop and is charged with assault on a police officer. Two teenagers, 18-year-old Jose Carmarso and his 17-year-old brother Carlos, are charged with disorderly conduct.

The incident reportedly started after lifeguards warned the three about diving in the shallow end and running.

And this all comes after lifeguards were attacked by a group of teens at the same pool on Friday. One day before that, the pool opened for the first time since 1984 after a $50 million renovation project.

Since the opening, the Olympic-sized pool has reportedly been at its capacity of 1,500 people. Officers had been station there each day.

Both officers in Monday's incident were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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