Judge tosses suit against Inwood Hill Park chess players
BY Kevin Deutsch
Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 12:57 PM

Checkmate! A judge has tossed out summonses against five men busted for playing chess at Inwood Hill Park.

The judge’s action Tuesday came after civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel agreed to take on the bizarre case, involving a total of six people charged with violating park rules.

“We won’t be satisfied until all of them have their cases dismissed,” said Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “There was no reason for the police to issue these summonses.”

The other two players opted for civil trials on Jan. 4 in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Charges against the five were dismissed on the condition they stay out of trouble for six months.

Cops in the 34th Precinct hit the six men with violations on Oct. 20 for using the stone chess tables inside a playground at Inwood Hill Park.

The area is off-limits to adults without minors with them under Parks Department rules. The summonses cited the men for failing to obey park regulation signs.

“We did nothing wrong, yet for simply playing chess we were treated like criminals,” said Yacahudah Harrison, 49, who will fight his summons at trial. “Nobody deserves that kind of treatment.”

The NYPD said cops were responding to complaints from the community about the park.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com

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