Ity’re refusing to roll over.
A dogged group of Park Slope pup lovers is forming a Guardian Angels-style safety group in and around Prospect Park in the aftermath of an unhinged hobo’s unprovoked attack on a woman and her pooch, which died of its injuries.
The “Park Slope Panthers” aim to “take the neighborhood back” — and prevent it from going to the dogs.
“In light of people feeling unsafe to use Prospect Park due to recent attacks of both people and dogs, in one case resulting in the death of a dog; and in light of the epidemic of packages being stolen from stoops and lobbies, we want to form a neighborhood watch,”Description of MeetUp for the Newly Founded Group. “The goal is to be eyes and ears and to take our neighborhood back.”
The patrol’s preliminary meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10. So far, more than 12 have registered. They said that they would attend.
The group is the brainchild of Kristian Nammack, 59, a Park Slope resident and Quaker who first floated the idea on Aug 20, two weeks after Jessica Chrustic and her 2-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever mix, Moose were attacked.
Chrustic said the attacker is a vagrant who lives next to a dumpster in the parking lot by the park’s picnic house and that police have repeatedly refused to remove him. The Post obtained photos that showed the attacker wearing a black hoodie, and wielding a massive stick. According to her, she told police that she had sent the photos. “at least a half dozen times.”
Nammack cited the Guardian Angels — the beret-wearing civilian patrol group formed in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa amid Gotham’s crime epidemic — as a potential model for the new group.
“We may also get to wear cool berets. I’m being serious. And we go through some self-defense training, work in pairs, etc,”Nammack shared his thoughts on the Nextdoor app. There’s a logo and T-shirts in the works, he added.
It’s unclear whether dogs — in Moose’s honor– will be part of the patrol, but Nammack said all ideas would be on the table — including a name change.
“I was speaking with a few neighbors and we talked about starting a neighborhood watch. We are currently researching what that means, what is effective, how to involve the local infrastructure — law enforcement, local politicians, PTA groups, Citibike, Uber Eats, etc,”He spoke.
Nammack said that Nammack had spoken to him. National Neighborhood Watch, a division of the National Sheriffs’ Association for guidance on best practices. “I do not intend this to be a rogue group and definitely not vigilante,”He was persistent.
Sliwa, a famous animal lover, said he was ready to throw the group a bone, or whatever help they need.
“I applaud them. In fact more people around the city have got to be doing things similar to this,”He spoke. “They need to be saluted. They’re not just sitting back waiting for the police or government to deal with it. They are being proactive and working within the law.”
According to them, park-goers feel like the outcasts of this green space which has been overrun by junkies and hobos.
“Prospect Park has been a magnet for homeless people for some time but it has never been like it is now,”Christine Doyle (55 years old) is an attorney, and has lived in Park Slope for a while. “These homeless people are often very aggressive, They are mainly men, loners and more than once have attacked people with dogs on the western side of the park.”Doyle loved the Park Slope Panthers idea.
“A few years ago a puppy was kicked by a homeless man,”She spoke. “That was the first time I went to the police. They never got the guy and they didn’t care.”
Nancy Kourland stated that she had been going to Prospect Park’s dog park since childhood and called police to report the sighting of the homeless man responsible for the dog attack. The 78th Precinct officer claimed she had abandoned her.
“I’m scared; we’re all scared. [The man] is dangerous, and he particularly goes after women. I don’t think that the police from the 78th Precinct are doing anything about it,”She spoke. “There is no police presence and that’s the problem. The police are not doing their jobs.”
Vitoria and her boyfriend live one block from this park. Vitoria said she felt so helpless that it was time to leave New York for Florida.
“Maybe it takes [park-goers] taking it upon ourselves,”She was very fond on the Park Slope Panthers. “it’s like Gotham City around here.”
Some Park Slope ultraliberals complained, however that the new group was a bit too rough.
“No vigilantism,”One poster. “Why not organize a protest outside of the precinct?”Other people boasted more “non-punitive”These methods “restorative justice.”
NYPD data shows that crime in the Precinct 78th rose by 38% this year compared to the previous year.
There have been no arrests in Moose’s case, cops said.
“Since the incident the NYPD has continuously taken investigative measures to bring the individual responsible to justice. The NYPD has conducted canvasses of the park with witnesses and increased patrols in the area,”According to a spokesperson from the NYPD,
Dean Balsamini was a contributor to this report