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Drop that bishop and come out with your hands up!

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.

"This incident is an embarrassment to the officers from the 34th Precinct who felt that it was necessary to use their badge and authority to issue such a random summons."

The knights in Kevlar armor gave all seven suspects desk-appearance tickets.

The chess tables where they were ticketed for "failure to comply with signs" are in a fenced-in area where posted notices read: "Adults allowed in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12."

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.' "

Since then, he said, parents have welcomed him and the other players -- and even had their kids take chess lessons from them.

"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."

Harrison, like the others, must appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on Dec. 28 for the Oct. 20 incident.

Another man ticketed that day, Inwood resident and artist Junior "Chiqui" Mendoza, 46, said that the police "should have given us a warning, and not a ticket."

Margaret Blachly, a teacher who took her students to the park yesterday, said, "There are often a lot of rules in this park that get broken, and no summonses are issued.

"If the tables are there to play chess, that's what they should be allowed to do."

But Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh said the rule is "designed to protect children using our playgrounds and to deter inappropriate adult use of space designated specifically for children."

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But Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh said the rule is "designed to protect children using our playgrounds and to deter inappropriate adult use of space designated specifically for children."
I know a better rule to use in this case...the rule of common sense.

We used to have a document that protected it's citizens from the government...oh, yeah...The Constitution...a funny old document written on old yellow paper or parchment or something...I guess it's old and outdated...
 

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"The ranger said, 'Oh no, that's fine, that's only written for pedophiles.' "

:rolling::rolling::rolling: What a great statement! They'll be pedophiles but they sure won't come in this park because of that sign.:rolling:

I get the reason for the sign but the cops really should have thought that one through...maybe they just broke up a huge pedophile ring...who knows.:laughing:
 

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I agree with the one chess player, cops should have asked them to move AND even
helped them find a suitable place to play. Look in the news, one little handycap girl they
have found only bones, another WHOLE ohio family is GONE! They finally found one girl
tied up in a basement of a 30 year old manic that should be put immediately to death at the VERY end of his trial when found guilty.
In a place like new york parents should have a safe place for their kids, where is
their freedom to a safe place to take their kids, without the constant worry one of
new yorks many sycos won't swip their kid and cut him up in little pieces.
Just sounds like the cops went overboard in getting these guys to move.
 

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I agree with the one chess player, cops should have asked them to move AND even
helped them find a suitable place to play. Look in the news, one little handycap girl they
have found only bones, another WHOLE ohio family is GONE! They finally found one girl
tied up in a basement of a 30 year old manic that should be put immediately to death at the VERY end of his trial when found guilty.
In a place like new york parents should have a safe place for their kids, where is
their freedom to a safe place to take their kids, without the constant worry one of
new yorks many sycos won't swip their kid and cut him up in little pieces.
Just sounds like the cops went overboard in getting these guys to move.
Those who trade liberty for security will not receive and do not deserve, either.
 
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