Hide ya kids, hide ya wife and hide ya husbands, too because chess is being played
Six men who frequent Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan to play chessâ€”at (get
this) the designated, built-in chess tablesâ€”had their game busted by a group of
cops in late October for their â€œfailure to comply with signs.â€ The cops came dressed
appropriately in bulletproof vests to point out the sign that read â€œAdults allowed
in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12.â€
According to one of the chess convicts Yacahuda Harrison, 49, the park ranger
granted the men permission to play the game and said, â€œThat’s only written for pedophilesâ€
when asked about the sign.
Harrison, along with one fellow chess player, rejected the offer of contemplation
for dismissal- meaning if they stay out of trouble, the matter will be dropped.
They now face a potential $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail. Three others accepted the offer and one of the
men didn’t show up for the summons yesterday.
Lawyer and civil-rights attorney Norman Siegel explained Harrison’s decision.
â€œThey want to go to trial. They feel the charges against them should be dismissed,â€
said Siegel. Harrison is expected in Manhattan Criminal Court next week for trial.
â€œIs chess really something that should be considered a threat to the neighborhood?â€ asked neighborhood resident Joanne Johnson.