On October 20, 2010, a group of men were given citations for playing matches in Inwood Hill Park at the built-in chess tables in the park’s playground area. The bulletproof-vest wearing cops descended on this dangerous group of men who were plotting to check mate their opponents in Manhattan.

Even though the men were given permission from a park ranger, these zealous policemen enforced a restriction that has been in place for quite some time that does not allow an adult to be in the playground if he or she is not accompanied by a child under the age of 12.

Refusing to accept a plea deal are two men who still face the risk of 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.   The others were given adjournments in contemplation of dismissal.  If these three men stay out parks when they’re not in the company of a child and if they don’t commit any other offense, then their charges will be dropped.  I applaud the two men who are willing to play this farce into the endgame, and I feel sorry for the only man who refused to appear in summons court.  I wonder what additional charges will be created for this dangerous individual.

The mayor of New York City and his police commissioner should have interceded and forced all the charges dropped.