, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks
, talks about Monday's incident at Playland.
The dispute broke out at about 2:30 p.m. near the park's entrance between members of the Muslim American Society of New York, according to Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks.
Fighting began when they were told they would be denied access to certain rides if they wore religious garb, Tartaglia
Two seasonal officers were injured while joining Westchester County Police who were trying to break up the scuffle, he
At least 60 police vehicles from eight surrounding departments quickly arrived at the park and park visitors say they thought that as many as 20 or more people were taken away from the park by police.
The park and its rides remained open Tuesday, but new visitors were not being allowed into the park.
said no one inside was asked to leave the park.
said the rules and regulations of the park were made clear before the group arrived, blaming group organizers for not conveying the message.
"Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you can not wear any sort of headgear," said Tartaglia
The 15 arrested are charged with misdemeanors, Tartaglia
said, but other charges are possible.
Those arrested were taken to Westchester County Police offices in Hawthorne and Ossining.