It wasn’t a joyful New Year’s Eve for everyone: Ellen Barkin took to her Twitter feed early New Year’s Day to vent her displeasure with the New York City Police Department. Barkin and rumored boyfriend, director Sam Levinson, were walking home when, the actress writes, she witnessed, “police making random arrests of non protesters. Young girl in police van screaming, ‘I’m just trying 2 get home’.”
From there, Barkin continues to voice her outrage, wondering what happened to the NYPD she remembered from her youth (Barkin identifies herself on her Twitter feed as, simply, “Bronx Girl” ) until things apparently escalated. “Just threatened on my street by NYPD, cop shoved me, both hands, onto sidewalk,” Barkin writes. “Is it a crime 2 stand in the street in NY? WTF is going on here?” Barkin also condemned Mayor Bloomberg along with the police (“I cannot believe what I am seeing.U protect nothing.U ARE the violence in my city”) and Levinson posted a video to his Twitter feed that appears to show the actress arguing with members of the NYPD.
Barkin subsequently refuted a news story saying she had been pushed to the ground by police, and later summarized the incident on Twitter: “I was walking home.I saw it. It was upsetting, and looked unnecessarily aggressive & random.I tweeted about it, as is my right. That’s all.”