Mayor Bloomberg apparently caused a spot of bother in London today when a severe “media scrum” crowded his tour of the city’s subway.
Bloomberg wanted to see the Tube’s “ring of steel,” a network of over 12,000 security cameras that monitors the underground train system, in the hopes of emulating it in Manhattan. This may be worthy cause, given our city’s track record, but the situation became hectic when too many reporters attempted to crowd a small room. The Independent reports that “officers grappled with photographers” in the commotion.
Witnesses told how a row erupted with security officers and members of the media as the two mayors were ushered into a small room.
The onlooker, who did not want to be named, said: “There were extra security officers for Mr Bloomberg and there was also more media than had been expected.
“As a result there was a lot of pushing and shoving. It was chaotic.”
At least the mayor can take comfort in knowing the whole thing was probably captured on video.