how many cops, mace and batons does it take to arrest a 60-year-old chinese man making music in the park?

What the hell happened here? This disturbing video of multiple New York police officers taking down an elderly Chinese man has been making the rounds. It all apparently went down over the weekend at Columbus Park in Chinatown, where a group of senior citizens were playing music when the cops reportedly stepped in to stop them. It's unclear how it devolved into this chaotic, bloody mess:

According to the woman who shot the video, the police showed up because the musicians were supposedly making too much noise. From Gawker:
The woman who shot the video, Anda Wu, tells us, "I was walking by the park and I saw a crowd of elderly people screaming, 'Let him go!' My first thought was for my mom, who was in the park. I went over there to see if she was still there, and when I got there I saw the police arresting this man and pushing him against the tree. He was fighting back, but there were four cops.

"They threw him on the ground, and tried to put the handcuffs on him. All the elderly were yelling, 'The police are hitting him!' And one of the cops said if you guys are coming any closer I'm going to mace you. Then he took out his baton as if he wanted to hit someone, but he didn't. They were supposedly making too much noise. But he wasn't playing the instrument anymore when I got there."
So how exactly does a noise complaint turn into a crazy scene where a bloody 60-year-old man ends up getting dragged away by the cops amidst an angry mob? Sounds like this guy just became the Asian Radio Raheem. More here: Video: Chinatown Cops Arrest Elderly Man In Front Of Angry Crowd.

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