Thursday, February 26, 2009


"Cochise" Goes Back to Jail ....

Very late this afternoon police took "Cochise" into custody , cuffed him and placed him in a waiting RMP on Avenue A between 7th street and St. Marks Place . "Cochise" , who in the past has often worn a head band with a feather , is also variously known as "Injun Joe" , "Chief" , "Lamp post Man" and Glenn Stevens . "Cochise" or rather Mr. Stevens was arrested this afternoon for public drunkenness .
Recently we have published posts concerning Mr. Stevens : pictures of Mr. Stevens in various states of inebriation . Mr. Stevens has been most commonly seen on avenue A drunk out his mind talking to mail boxes , lamp posts , trees , fences and invisible people among other things . He has also been known to pound on the windows of 7A restaurant/bar and Niagara Bar while jabbering and slobbering unintelligibly to the patrons inside . Many in the neighborhood can likely recall having to step over a sleeping Mr. Stevens at sometime in the past . Mr. Stevens has spent the last many years either on the street drunk out of his mind or sober in a jail cell . Mr. Stevens is in trouble and needs help , lots of help . Much more help than is provided by just another period of sober incarceration is needed . Of course on the streets of the East Village Mr. Stevens and his plight are not unique : he has considerable company .
For some time police attempted to communicate successfully with Mr. Stevens in Tompkins Square Park near the infamous chess tables . As this effort failed they followed him in the street . Mr. Stevens , traveling at a snails pace with his loaded pants riding very low , took 15 minutes to cross avenue A on his way from Tompkins Square Park to Nino's Pizza at the corner of avenue A and St. Marks Place . Mr. Stevens appeared to have purchased and eaten a slice of pizza at Nino's . Police easily took Mr. Stevens into custody at the pizza parlor and walked him down avenue A where Mr. Stevens poured and drank his last cup of beer before being cuffed and hauled away by police .
Today police at the scene of the arrest noted that the District Attorney's office is now attempting to put repeat offenders , such as Mr. Stevens , with substance abuse problems not just in a jail cell for a period of sobriety but also into more extensive , longer term rehabilitation programs than in the past before they are released . If this is all true , we certainly hope that it works well for Mr. Stevens .

I feel sorry for the NYPD who have to deal with people you describe has having a full load, they deserve to be the highest paid police force in the world.

I also feel sorry for people stuck in alcohol and drug abuse, many of who find there way to the park and for their families.

I see you have some new readers--they are out of work perhaps??with this downturn sound angry--they went from selling lies to ow telling lies.
RE your new readers...I recently stumbled onto yr blog, and I can't seem to get enough of it. I've been reading back thru the archives, reverse-engineering the incredible characters that often make this blog read more like a novel than a blog...whatever that means.

And to "Anonymous" poster above: I have a need a typing class.
I hope it's true that there is more substantial help for people that need it. I'll believe it when I see it and not a moment before.
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