Organizers: West Indian Caribbean Festival in Jersey City was improperly shut down

One of the organizers of an annual festival in Jersey City was arrested during the event Saturday night, sparking controversy in the city.

The city-issued permit said the festival could run

The city-issued permit said the festival could run until 9 p.m., but police shut them down just after 7 p.m. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

JERSEY CITY - One of the organizers of an annual festival in Jersey City was arrested during the event Saturday night, sparking controversy in the city.

Police arrested Gordon Callender at the West Indian Caribbean Festival at Exchange Place after they say he came after them and cursed at them.

Other organizers say police tried to close them up early, and when Callender tried to show them a permit that allowed them to be there, they say police went too far.  

"Excessive force was used," says Hasan Ahmed.

The city-issued permit said the festival could run until 9 p.m., but police shut them down just after 7 p.m.

City officials say the permit had a typo, and the event was only supposed to go until 8 p.m.

A spokesperson for the city says law enforcement acted properly, and they can't tolerate officers being attacked.

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