The Return of the One-Armed Bandits

The repeal two weeks ago [seventh item] of a 1946 city ordinance against stand-alone arcade games may be contributing to the largest incidence of rigged slot-machine syndicates operating within the city limits since 1945, according to police.

The abandoned ordinance – repealed two weeks ago as part of Mayor Wilders’ C.O.M.B. initiative [first item] – is being described by a police spokesperson as “an unmitigated hobbling of our ability to manage law enforcement on any level.”

As many as seventeen organized criminal bodies may be involved in the placement of rigged slot machines within city limits, focusing primarily on convenience stores, bodegas, bars, middle school cafeterias and the Boys & Girls Club at NE Riesling Avenue and Cutter Street.
– Jon Morris

Related: Breaking: Former Arcade Owner Suing City Over 1981 Arrest

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