His accumulation of the necessary 240 electoral votes to become the 43rd president of the United States led to an uproarious celebration throughout the streets of New York City, but particularly in Brooklyn, where the candidate found enormous support throughout his campaign.
In Brooklyn Heights, thousands of people ran out of their houses and into the streets to celebrate Obama’s victory. Shouts and song filled the air as Democratic voters poured out onto the streets to share the night with each other, and it was a scene that was repeated in residential streets all throughout the borough.
In Williamsburg, however, a celebration at North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue quickly got out of hand. Rowdy revelers rushed to the intersection that is one of the neighborhood’s primary transit locations and began climbing on cars, shouting, dancing, and drinking.
Officers from the 90th Precinct arrived to calm the crowd down and ask them to disperse shortly after midnight. According to reports, the sight of the police officers in riot gear caused a panic within the large crowd, and several revelers reacted strongly. Several citizens and a few police officers sustained injuries and a number of arrests were made.