This is really dumb.
But don't blame the police: it is the LAW. Cops don't get to pick which laws to enforce. I have argued this before...
So the lady in the article who says cops are wrong, is wrong.
And the lady who says, "Get rid of the chess tables" is an even bigger doofus. How is society made better off by destroying existing chess tables that are heavily used?
The problem is the stupid law. You can't even run on the grass, in the park, unless accompanied by a minor.
The thing is that the freqeuncy of child molestation or abduction by strangers has plummeted. It is NOT, simply not, an actual problem. This paper, in 2004, debunks a number of myths. And stranger abductions have gone DOWN since then.
The problem is nanny-fascist city council members, all over the country, who give in to pressure to make up ridiculous new laws.
(Nod to Anonyman)