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Credit: NYPD video Three guys beat up a young woman and robbed her earlier this month. assholes suspects in Brooklyn (never good to editorialize) who carried out a particularly brutal robbery in Prospect Heights earlier this month. Photo Credit: Compfight Don't try to get any closer to this stunning view.
This week, Senator Charles Schumer proposed making trespassing on "critical infrastructure" -- bridges, buildings, and the like -- a federal offense, punishable by up to five years in prison.
He pointed to the pair of German artists who this summer allegedly scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced its American flags with white flags; a Russian tourist who climbed a bridge to take a selfie; and a teen who somehow made it to the top of 1 World Trade Center.
"We cannot allow New York City infrastructure to be turned into playgrounds -- or worse," Schumer said.
Absolutely not! When you let the city become a wholesome nexus of childhood fun, the terrorists win!
It was a move Kumar Rao, an attorney with legal-services nonprofit Bronx Defenders, called excessive. "If the purpose is to deter pranksters and protesters that have made a splash recently, then the law is clearly unduly harsh for the behavior at issue, and absolutely triggers First Amendment concerns," he writes in an email. "Five years(!) for hanging a banner or flag on a bridge puts it on par with many violent felonies."
Just how violent are we talking? Take a look at some heinous crimes that have taken place around the country that have netted the perpetrators five years in prison:More »
As a general rule, the worst thing that can happen during a comedy set is realizing you've accidentally stumbled into some kind of hellish Dane Cook/Daniel Tosh marathon. But it could be worse! You could, for example, be sitting in a comedy show around midnight at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Chelsea theater when four members of New York's finest come in, fish you out of the audience, and arrest you. That's what looks to have happened this past Saturday night, during a UCB variety show called Underground Americana. The comedian onstage, Adam Newman, says he watched officers come in with flashlights and immediately handcuff a guy sitting to the left side of the stage. When Newman asked what was going on, an NYPD officer advised him to "shut the fuck up."
Screenshot via. A bemused Adam Newman, onstage, as the NYPD arrests an audience member
This week's cover story is about the NYPD's very strict -- and some say ridiculous -- interpretation of a state statute regulating "gravity knives."
Credit: Screen grab from thecolbertreport.cc.com Stephen Colbert brazenly flaunts an "illegal" knife in 2010.
In the '90s, legendary graffiti artist Adam Cost papered New York with his work, wheatpasting sly, hilarious, all-caps tributes to himself ("COST Fucked Madonna" was the best-loved one) on every available surface before abruptly going silent. In early 2013 or so, as we reported at the time, he returned, and suddenly Manhattan's scaffolds and street signs were full of COSTs once again. That is, until this past Sunday, when police officers in the NYPD's weirdly named Cabaret Unit, the quality-of-life-crimes patrol out of Manhattan's Sixth Precinct, say they caught him in the act, walking away from a fresh tag with his clothes covered in wheatpaste.
Photo by Mark Hewko Last year's cover
On Tuesday, DNAinfo released a video showing a police officer pistol whip a 16-year-old boy with his hands up. The officers had approached the boy, Kahreem Tribble, after seeing him looking inside of a parked van in Bed-Stuy. The boy dropped a bag he was carrying, which contained 17 small bags of weed, and took off running. The video picks up with Tribble slowing down and turning around to face the pursuing officers. One officer, Tyrane Isaac, punches him in the face. The boy puts his hands up. The other officer, David Afanador, smacks him with his gun. A third officer, Christopher Mastoros, can stood back and watched.