A squad of cops in bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan park and charged seven men with the "crime" of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids -- even though no youngsters were there.
"Is chess really something that should be considered a threat to the neighborhood?" Inwood resident and mom Joanne Johnson wrote Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after the raid.....
.....Yacahuda "Y.A." Harrison, 49, one of those chess aficionados, said he saw those signs months ago and "asked the [Parks] ranger if we had permission to be there."
"The ranger said, 'Oh no, that's fine, that's only written for pedophiles.' "
....The day we got picked up, there were no kids" in the playground, he said. "They treated us like drug dealers. All we were doing was playing chess."
Answer by MommaTurbo at 1:58 PM on Nov. 18, 2010
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Answer by lovinangels at 2:09 PM on Nov. 18, 2010
well, truthfully speaking the signs and rules were probably put there for a reason.....most likely they had a problem with pedophiles hanging around there waiting for kids to come and that's why they created that rule. so i think they should have found somewhere else to play chess.....do you mean to tell me that there are no other tables in the whole park? and just to those who say that rules like that are for people who are bad parents.....here's a scenario that comes to my mind automatically. a pedophile is sitting there reading a book (or even playing chess, crossword, whatever) and waits until there are alot of kids around, then flashes them and runs away. that has no reflection on the parents whatsoever. so i very much disagree that it is a rule made for 'lazy parents'.
Answer by princessbeth79 at 2:12 PM on Nov. 18, 2010
Answer by princessbeth79 at 2:18 PM on Nov. 18, 2010