Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Concerning the Tompkins Square Park Chess Tables : Part 2

Thursday June 9th some time around 10AM a lieutenant and his driver rolled up to the chess tables in Tompkins Square Park .The lieutenant and the driver exited their vehicle . They walked to one of the chess tables where one man was reading a newspaper and the other man was eating a sandwich .The lieutenant asked to see the 2 men's I.D.s . The men complied . The men were told to leave the area .They left the area as instructed .

The lieutenant then approached another man , sleeping at a near-by table , woke him and told him to leave the area .The lieutenant did not ask this man for an I.D. . The man left without argument .

The lieutenant then approached the table where Lisa and 2 men were sitting , one of the men being L.E.S. Jewels  .The lieutenant asked to see I.D.s . Everyone including Lisa showed the lieutenant a valid I.D. .It appeared for a while that all that would happen was that the lieutenant would ask the 3 at the table to leave the area .L.E.S. Jewels then opened his mouth and incoherently entered a conversation with the lieutenant. The lieutenant then ordered officers to take Lisa , a man that was at the table and Jewels into custody .He pointed to the sign pictured above and said that is why you are being arrested .

At this time there were a total 7 NYPD personnel , a lieutenant , a sergeant , 3 uniform officers and 2 plainclothes officers at the tables .The 3 in custody were placed in 2 of the cars and transported to the 9th precinct . Jewels at some point was able to avoid lock-up by claiming that he needed to go to hospital .

We do not know what happened to the second  man arrested but Lisa claims that she was held 10 hours at the 9th precinct . She claims that it was perhaps 2 hours before they did a warrant search . She was ultimately transported downtown to central booking where she was held for several hours , brought before a judge and then released .

The above account of Thursday morning was assembled from the testimony of several witnesses who had been present at the chess tables during the period when the lieutenant was present . All saw and heard the arrest . The testimony was gathered over the last 3 days .

Today we were told of a statement from Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne published  in the Village Voice .

The Commissioner claims that Lisa was not arrested for violating a park rule ,that is sitting at a chess table and not playing chess . His claim contradicts the testimony of 5 witnesses who saw and heard the arrest .

The Commissioner  also claims that Lisa was arrested for outstanding warrants , a larceny warrant for the theft of a womans purse and 6 unspecified warrants for theft of services .

Lisa is not a model citizen , she has a record but this record was not relevant to the first part  of this 2 part post thus we did not mention it other than to note that she claimed that she  had a warrant for not providing the proper paper work at the proper time and place  certifying that she had completed a required term of comunity service .

Lisa claims that she had taken a hand bag at or near  the Au Bon Pain shop on 14th street , not at Gramercy park as the Commissioner claims . She performed a period of comunity service for this theft .Lisa claims that it was the unfiled  record  of community service completion that was responsible for the warrant that she will appear to answer later this June . Lisa claims that the date of appearance is June 28 . Commissioner Browne claims that it is June 23 .

Lisa was unclear about what the 6 other warrants were about . She believed that they were for arrests  several years ago .Warrants we've noticed over the years have a habit of winking in and out of existence much as virtual particles in  a quantum foam .The judge , according to Lisa , seems to have  cleared all warrants other than the one  that Lisa will answer in late June .

According to Lisa the judge vacated the sitting at a chess table not playing chess charge which Lisa and all witnesses agree was the lieutenants stated reason for her arrest .

If the lieutenant had known of warrants for Lisa's arrest and was intending to arrest her  why did he approach 2 tables before he approached her's? Lisa was the only woman at the tables . Lisa would have been  easily recognized , she  is well known to the 9th precict .Why not visit  her table first if the lieutenant were looking to find and arrest Lisa ?Witnesses claim that 2 tables were cleared of occupants before the lieutenant approached Lisa's table .

If the warrants were so serious that a lieutenant was sent to arrest Lisa as the commissioner seems to claim , why did the judge clear them so readily ?

If Lisa had so many long outstanding warrants  why wasn't she arrested long ago ? Lisa is easy to find . She is in Tompkins Square Park everyday . Lisa is infact well known to many including 9th precinct personnel .

The Commissioner claims that sitting at a chess table not playing chess is a sometimes summonsable offense . Why then did the lieutenant not write a summons rather than  take Lisa and 2 others into custody ? Why did he, as witnesses and Lisa alike claim, point to the sign above and say something to the effect of  "thats why you are being arrested "?

Contrary to claims made other places , no mystery has been solved  .

More to come later .

maybe all the crusty's will take up chess and keep the 9th busy this summer. great job LT do u do parking tickets also
"Warrants we've noticed over the years have a habit of winking in and out of existence much as virtual particles in a quantum foam "

-Are you serious with this line?

Who cares? A thief got busted. The police are legally allowed to detain you for 24 hours. That includes being handcuffed and transported to the PD. The cops also don't have to tell you anything when it comes to their reasoning for arresting you. That comes up at trial. Finally, 14th street is considered Gramercy by the city and by zip code.
Must agree with above. Admitted thief grabbed, God Bless the NYPD for being on point. If it was your money, keys, ID, etc., that was cold stolen why do I think you might feel different. The specifics of the conversation that the officers had with these criminal skeeves is #1 unknowable their 'testimony' is worthless and #2 not really where its at anyway.
"The cops also don't have to tell you anything when it comes to their reasoning for arresting you."

Huh? I'm pretty sure they do. Did they also do away with reading you your rights? I may be totally wrong here, because I haven't researched it, but I don't think a cop can just handcuff you and hold you for 24 hours with no reason. And again, I'm not trying to start an argument here, I could be wrong, but it just doesn't seem right.
To: Anonymous 10:29 AM
No, 14th Street is not considered Gramercy. !4th St. is either Stuy Town, Stuy Square, Union Sq. or the East Village. And the correct usage is Gramercy Park. Welcome to New York.
I sent a comment to the Village Voice this morning, criticizing the "Mystery Solved" author's unquestioning acceptance of the official story, and linked this Part 2 post of Bob's refuting the official story. But for some reason the Village Voice did not print my comment. However, it did print another commentator's comment which essentially said "Thanks for solving the mystery."

Is something going on at the Voice?
What is really at the bottom of this is that the predatory equity firms (like Meadow Partners)are buying up more of the East Village. Characters who were once thought to be "local color" used as an inducement for the children of the wealthy to "slum", are now viewed as "undesirables" to the REAL money that's coming. We think it's gross now? Well get ready to embrace Tribeca North!
Once again, Good job by NYPD, Grabbing a bag stealer. What a Piece of Garbage this girl is if she is stealing from people. She deserved to get locked up. I work in Law, and I know how this goes down. She was gonna get a summons, but she got arrested instead because the cops cannot summons a person for a violation if they have an outstanding warrant. Dont take it up with the cops, take it up with the court judge that WE THE PEOPLE VOTE for.
Damn, what is wrong with you people? I am a Republican, and even I know this is wrong. Last time I looked, this was America. You can't arrest three people and hold them for half a day for sitting at a table, and if that's what this country is coming to, I am moving to Newfoundland. I am certainly not going to stick around for "Deine papieren, bitte."
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