Chaotic video shows NYC Parks employee cuff young girl selling fruit with her family

Shocking video has emerged of an NYC Parks employee holding a teenage girl in handcuffs after she allegedly was selling fruit from an unlicensed cart in lower Manhattan with her family.

The video, taken Sunday afternoon in Battery Park and shared on X, shows a man wearing a NYC Parks uniform grabbing the 14-year-old girl who has one of her hands handcuffed as angry bystanders shout in protest and try to pull her away.

A NYC Parks employee was seen on video holding a young girl who was selling fruit with her family in handcuffs. @marcrebillet/X

Bystanders can be heard shouting “Let her go!” and “Get a female [worker]” at the parks employee, some even grabbing at him to try and pull away the young girl, who had been selling fruit from a cart with her family.

Chaotic video footage shows an NYPD officer grabbing the girl’s arm and attempting to pull her back before two bystanders intervene, dragging her away from the officer and parks employee.

As onlookers try to break the girl free, she and the parks employee tumble to the ground while bystanders continue to plead for her to be let go.

Marc Rebillet, who took the video, told Storyful that parks employees attempted to detain the girl and her family for selling fruit from a cart.

Video shows onlookers trying to pull the girl away from the employee. @marcrebillet/X
NYC Parks said it was investigating the incident. @marcrebillet/X

“NYPD first tried to detain the girl, then released her – then Parks got a hold of her and tried to cuff her. That’s when people started crowding around and trying to get the Parks officer off of her,” Rebillet said.

“He was thrown to the ground, brought the girl down with him, and in the ensuing struggle she managed to break free and escape. They cuffed the mother and put her in a police car.”

In a follow-up post, Rebillet noted he saw parks officers trying to put the unlicensed fruit cart in the dumpster.

The girl’s mother was eventually taken away in a cop car. @marcrebillet/X

“Okay, fine, talk to the parents. DONT CUFF THE KID. Embarrassing and dangerous behavior. Shame on Parks, shame on NYPD,” he wrote.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation told The Post in a statement, “Our Parks Enforcement Patrol’s (PEP) first course of action is to educate in order to bring violators into compliance.”

“When individuals have repeatedly flouted the law, we take additional enforcement actions, and there are instances when it is necessary to place violators and individuals obstructing the law under arrest.”

The girl ran away after she and the employee fell to the ground. @marcrebillet/X

The department is currently investigating the incident, according to Storyful.

The NYPD told The Post they were assisting the parks department employees who were getting assaulted by bystanders. 

The 32-year-old mother was given a desk appearance ticket, while parks officials wrote up a juvenile report detailing the incident with the 14-year-old.

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