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Where do you draw the line???

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."

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:57 PM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • And that is why i live in Idaho and not New York....
    MommaTurbo

    Answer by MommaTurbo at 1:58 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • parents have welcomed him and the other players -- and even had their kids take chess lessons from them.


    Shouldn't parents be PARENTING children in parks and monitoring/being aware of WHO is around them and their kids...  Are laws like this one Really helping???  Or is this one of those "reactive" measures to nanny for NON-Proactive parenting?

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:00 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Yet another idea nice in theory but flawed in implementation.
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 2:01 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • ...thatshmm a tough one. On one hand the rule is laid out clear and simple, on the other he had an authority figure tell him otherwise. Hopefully the park ranger would be willing to testify in court for those guys. Igf not, they will probably be looking at some pretty stiff fines.
    Scarlet_Delilah

    Answer by Scarlet_Delilah at 2:02 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • That seems over the top..Yes I do believe a parent should be near anyway esp for little ones.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:09 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Well, you know, criminal activity by avid chess players is at an all time high...I mean, since these guys got arrested, it's up a hundred percent.

    Stupid government.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:09 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I mean, since these guys got arrested, it's up a hundred percent.


    I <3 your analysis lovin... ;o)

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:11 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'.

    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 2:12 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • waits until there are alot of kids around, then flashes them and runs away.


    This scenario could happen at the mall, outside of a school yard at the end of the day, just about anywhere... So, should the law be expanded?

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:14 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • hun i'm giving a reason that i thought of for the law. like i said they probably had problems with that in the past. doubt if it was a random law made for no reason. and btw, people are not allowed on school grounds if they don't have a reason to be. not sure about the schools near you, but that has been the case at any school where i have worked
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 2:18 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

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