Assignment Tracker 2.0/Christopher Coolidge
Coolidge immigrated to New York City in the first week of January, 1963. Two impromptu performances of original, politically charged folk music in Central Park drew crowds numbering in the thousands, and sparked a meteoric, albeit brief career. Although Coolidge was largely unknown outside of New York City, he quickly became a galvanizing local fixture, inciting frequent public actions and events. Listed as Person of Interest by NYPD on February 14, 1963. See File Addendum P013-PD for NYPD rap sheet and surveillance file.
By early May of 1963, Coolidge was performing most nights in the coffee houses and performance venues of Greenwich Village to capacity crowds. Fanbase was considered to be particularly zealous; despite fierce debate as to the actual quality of Coolidge's music, fans claimed that his music affected and inspired like no other.
On July 12, 1963, Coolidge took the stage of Uncle Ira's Counter & Culture for a sold-out show. Also in attendance were A. Petrelli, C. Deveaux, R. Bishop, D. Linderman and then unknown K. Nakamura, in New York to "escape his destiny." [See Event File No. 11] At approximately 21:04, 15 NYPD officers enter the club to begin crowd dispersion, citing overcapacity. Utilizing his ability, Coolidge elevates the altercation to full riot status, in what newspapers will dub "The St. Mark's Coffeehouse Riots." Four casualties, 23 seriously injured, $1.2 million in property damage. After realizing the gravity of the event, Coolidge attempts to abort the riot at approximately 22:31, utilizing a harmonica to calm the crowd. Despite Nakamura's attempt to intervene, Coolidge is felled by an NYPD bullet to the skull.