New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday, July 28, 2014 that he believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square should be licensed and regulated. Dozens of people dressed as kids\u0092 favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Batman stand near 42nd Street and pose for photos with tourists in exchange for money. De Blasio said the practice has \u0093gone too far.\u0094  A man dressed as Spider-man was arrested Saturday, July 28, 2014, after punching a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists.  The City Council is working on legislation that would require the characters to get a city-approved license.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday, July 28, 2014 that he believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square should be licensed and regulated. Dozens of people dressed as kids\u0092 favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Batman stand near 42nd Street and pose for photos with tourists in exchange for money. De Blasio said the practice has \u0093gone too far.\u0094 A man dressed as Spider-man was arrested Saturday, July 28, 2014, after punching a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists. The City Council is working on legislation that would require the characters to get a city-approved license. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Man dressed as Spider-Man arrested after scuffle with cops in Times Square

The N.Y. Times News Service

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NEW YORK - Spider-Man punched a police officer in the face over the weekend in Times Square while resisting arrest, the police said, the latest episode of children-friendly characters displaying R-rated behavior in front of stunned tourists in the heart of Manhattan.

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