A team of cops inward bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan common together with charged 7 men with the "crime" of playing chess inward an expanse off-limits to adults unaccompanied past times kids -- fifty-fifty though no youngsters were there.Amazingly, charges were non dropped after the law discovered what the men were doing together with they nonetheless stimulate got to confront criminal charges inward the Manhattan Criminal Court inward December.
This reminded me of an incident from my youth when, with 2 other youngsters, I happened to hold upwardly emerging from a edifice inward an ill-lit backstreet of High Wycombe ane night. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 law auto all of a abrupt hove into sentiment together with stopped rather abruptly amongst us. An officeholder injure downwardly the window together with barked out a question: "where did you lot iii bound from?" Acting every mo spokesperson for my "gang", I replied "the chess club". He responded with a somewhat disappointed "oh!" together with was gone every mo all of a abrupt every mo he arrived. Any immature offenders or other ne'er-do-wells reading this mightiness similar to regard the "chess club" trouble every mo a useful comprehend storey for their nefarious doings though I must reiterate that, inward this instance, it was the truth, the whole truth together with null but the truth.
Back to the story: an NYPD spokesman later on tried to justify the heavy-handed handling of the 'Chessplaying Seven' on the grounds that ane of them had 'a flake of previous' (as they enjoin on cop shows): "One of [the] men had priors for reckless endangerment, grand larceny, drug possession, together with criminal mischief." Reckless endangerment? Well, we're all guilty of that, aren't we? You should run into the agency I play the Ponziani.