Even that charge will probably be plea-bargained down or reduced by a jury, but maybe not. And today's Staten Island Advance reports that the city knew about the pit bulls running loose and did not take the reports seriously.Prosecutors will now almost certainly seek, and get, an indictment for second degree murder.
Meanwhile, a post over at gowanuslounge.com reports a policeman (not, heaven forbid, a PEP agent) ticketing one woman for having her “Rock Wilder” (that’s what the ticket said) off-leash on the Nethermead, apparently after 5 P.M. last Sunday. The post goes on to claim that Prospect Park has “always” had an unofficial off-leash policy on the Nethermead starting at 5 P.M. But actually, that unofficial policy allowed dogs to run on the Nethermead between 5 P.M. and 9 P.M. WEEKDAYS ONLY. There has never been a policy, official or otherwise, allowing off-leash dogs on the Nethermead before 9 P.M. on weekends: read FIDO's website. So this woman was acting illegally even according to that old policy, which was in any event superseded by the current off-leash regulations. She richly deserved what she got, even if it was only the hassle of having to fight the ticket.