Stephen Colbert Calls Out SFPD on Their Market Street Chess Crackdown

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Chess on Market Street/Wikimedia Commons by Yair Haklai

Oh the dangers of chess…last night Stephen Colbert brought boxing champion and apparent chess-lover, Floyd Mayweather, out to discuss the recent crackdown by San Francisco Police on the outdoor chess games on Market Street. The story has been making the rounds since September 17 when SFGate quoted Capt. Michael Redmond as saying: “It’s turned into a big public nuisance,” and “I think maybe it’s a disguise for some other things that are going on.” What types of other things? Well, according to The Colbert Report, barbecue. Watch the segment here:

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Lizzy Acker’s work has been published in Nano Fiction, Fanzine, Joyland, Eleven Eleven and elsewhere. She has read with Bang Out, RADAR, Quiet Lightening and others. Her first book, Monster Party, was released in December of 2010 by Small Desk Press.

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