NYC police ticket man for running “too early”

In further evidence that the police state is alive and well in the United States, New York City police ticketed New York City jogger and resident Peter Shankman for the dangerous crime of jogging through New York’s Central Park when it was “closed”.

Mr. Shankman was training for an Iron Man competition when police stopped him at 4:30am Thursday and issued him a citation because, according to city police, the park opens at 6am – making jogging through the park at 4:30 to be illegal.

Shankman wrote on his Facebook page:

At 4:30 this morning in Central Park, at mile 2 of my ten mile run, I was stopped by the police and given a summons for exercising in the park “before it opened.” Apparently, Central Park doesn’t “open” until 6am, and my exercising (running) in the park before 6am is illegal. Note – Running in the park. Not “performing sex acts for crack,” or “laying down explosive charges,” but “running.” Because apparently, a 215 pound man running through Central Park at just over a 9:10 pace is a threat to Manhattan.

To answer the question of why I was running so early – I needed to do ten miles today as part of Ironman training. If I didn’t start that early, I wouldn’t be done before my first meeting of the day.

Apparently, police in New York City are looking for things to do at 4:30 in the morning.  No murders, hijackings, thefts or violence was taking place early that morning, leaving Shankman and other joggers brazen enough to be seen jogging through a closed Central Park to be ripe for a ticket.

Enjoy your freedom and liberty…while you still have it.