An NYPD representative from the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information reported that after a call from mall security, officers of the 63rd Precinct responded to the disturbance.
“Officers of the 63rd Precinct received a report from mall security about a disorderly group at the Kings Plaza Mall. Officers arrived and found a large group of teens and dispersed them from the mall,” said the representative. “There have not been any reports of injuries or crime.”
Kings Plaza is the only enclosed mall in Brooklyn, a 1.2 million-square-foot shopping center that is home to a handful of retailers including Macy’s, Best Buy and Sears, and a nine-restaurant food court.
It was outside of the Best Buy – as a handful of videos on social media showed – that two young girls were brought to the ground by uniformed security guards, not police officers, clarified by DCPI.
The video depicting this confrontation has since been removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service.
There is another video posted by Facebook user LuLu Theodore showing a security guard roughly pushing a large group of teenagers down a staircase in the mall.
Theodore also shows a massive group running in a stampede along the second floor of the mall and stores with their gates drawn to protect merchandise and shoppers inside while security and the police got the situation under control.
In response to the incident, security was tightened and police patrols in the area were increased in hopes to curb any further rambunctiousness. Beginning the day after the incident, security guards began checking IDs for mall goers and not allowing anyone under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by an adult to enter the premises, although they quickly rescinded the ban.