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Scenes from the aftermath of violence between NYCFC and Red Bulls fans at the Hudson River Derby


I guess we're lucky that we missed the worst of it. You can check some of that out here, if you wish.

Here's what we do know: there are complete and total idiots on both sides of this fan rivalry. But what's also true is that a number of NYPD officers on the scene made things unquestionably worse.

As a side note, it's funny how frequently cops will try to convince folks -- journalists or otherwise -- that filming them on the job is illegal. Guess what? It's not. While I was doing my job peacefully, one officer started pushing me down the block despite the fact that I was not involved in any of the fracas, nor was I impeding his or any other officer's ability to keep the peace in any way. After he was done pushing me, the he looked me right in the eyes and said, with incredibly spiteful snark, "you made a new friend today."

Really? And I thought I was too introverted! What a relief.