New York Police swept into a park in bulletproof vests to arrest men trying to kill royals including two kings, two queens, four knights and even four bishops. The men had set up chess boards in a park that was empty at the time. It turns out that they were sitting in an area restricted to children or adults with children. They were given summons to appear to answer for their crimes in court and not allow to “castle” laterally to a nearby park.
Chess felon Yacahuda “Y.A.” Harrison, 49, said that he previously asked about the signs and a ranger told him not to worry about the signs and “said, ‘Oh no, that’s fine, that’s only written for pedophiles.'”
It does raise an issue similar to the recent New Jersey law prohibiting sleeping in public — but only enforced against homeless people. If true, the position of the ranger is that the sign prohibits all adults without children but will only be enforced against people suspected of pedophilia (which is a rather mysterious basis since pedophiles do not have one particular appearance).
What should be clear is that a warning would have been sufficient for the chess players who were only molesting pawns at the time.
Source: NY Post