In the days and weeks after the October death of twelve year old Sammy Eckstein, a memorial sprung up at the Third Street entrance to Prospect Park, which is not only right where Sammy was killed by a van, but also directly across the street from where his parents and sister still live. A tipster sent this in to FIPS yesterday afternoon:
Biked into 3rd St. entrance to Prospect Park just as a woman was cutting all of the mementos off of Sammy’s memorial. The woman came prepared with a scissor and large shopping bag to put the mementos in. It so happened that another neighborhood parent - whose child was also a friend of Sammy’s - happened to run by and as he yelled at her she said she felt that there had been “enough mourning.” She told me she lived in Park Slope, which she felt gave her the right to do this.
I told her I was calling the police and she said she would sit on the bench and wait for them, which she did. The police arrived in less than 3 minutes and the two officers looked incredulous when we told them what she had done. Since she was holding scissors and didn’t seem quite right, I felt it best to leave the rest in the hands of the police. Unfortunately I later saw her emerging from the park at the Grand Army entrance.
What the actual fuck?!