Brookfield properties has issued a statement which suggests that their lawyers did not read the order from the Supreme Court of NY state, issued early this morning. That order, available here, said explicitly that the park must be reopened to protesters and that the police could not prevent people from assembling there. In a bizarre twist, Brookfield has responded thusly:
Brookfield had hoped to reopen the Park this morning after it had been cleaned. The City and Brookfield, however, were notified of a court-ordered injunction regarding the use of the Park. As a matter of public safety, the Park will remain closed pending the resolution of this matter.Our hope is to reopen the Park as soon as possible for the enjoyment of all members of the community in accord with the rules of the Park.