The City ordered the police to implement their vacate order. By 6 A.M. a phalanx
had cordoned off a five-block area. They stood four-deep behind barriers. They were
armed. They carried .38-cal. revolvers, 9-mm. Glock 19 semiautomatics. They were
outfitted with tear gas, mace, and pepper gas. Special forces with machine guns slung over
their shoulders unloaded from vans. Sharpshooters brandished their weapons on rooftops.
The Fire Department stood ready.