Sunday, July 01, 2007
Priorities take a hit
It was Saturday evening about 6:30 in the East Village.
Shots were reported fired from an SUV on 14th Street in Alphabet City, police said.
The SUV was surrounded by a swarm of police cars on Avenue A between Ninth and 10th streets, across from Tompkins Square Park.
Two suspects were taken from the vehicle, the man put in handcuffs.
Inside, a newborn kitten was mewing plaintively.
An officer took the kitten from the SUV and handed it to the woman suspect. Another officer fetched a baby bottle of milk for the kitten.
The woman was soon put in cuffs, she and the man were put in separate police vehicles and the SUV was towed away.
The most frequently asked question among the bystanders wasn't "What happened?" or "Was anybody hurt?"
It was, "Oh, the poor kitten ... what happened to it?"