Police arrested six residents of a Brooklyn migrant shelter on Thursday morning – and charged four of them with assaulting a police officer – for allegedly making a fuss during a New York police crackdown on illegal scooters, sources said.
Officers were in the process of confiscating motorized bicycles near the shelter at 445 Jefferson Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 7:15 a.m. when some residents spiraled out of control, law enforcement sources told the Post.
The scuffle eventually led to officers arresting six residents, four of whom were charged with attacking a police officer, sources said.
Two others were charged with obstruction.
Emergency medical services workers treated two police officers for minor injuries, sources said. Officers also confiscated 16 electric scooters.
It is not the first time that problems have broken out at one of the city’s migrant shelters over the vehicles, which many asylum seekers use to find work without permits.
“Because we’re immigrants, we don’t have a lot of options,” one migrant told Fox 5 earlier this week. “One of the easiest options is to grab a motorcycle and apply on Uber.”
Late last month, officers arrested a migrant outside an Upper West Side shelter for allegedly slapping a police officer who was trying to confiscate her unregistered motorcycle.
Cops were conducting a law enforcement scooter patrol Aug. 31 at West 71st Street and Broadway, a short walk from the Stratford Arms Hotel, which the city uses as a shelter.
Baibaia Rodriguez, 20, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and harassing after “hit a police officer with an open hand” around 10:30 p.m., police said.
She was released on her own recognizance when she appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court the following day.