Yesterday, the NY Times reported that 10 day laborers who gathered at Broadway and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens were arrested for blocking the sidewalk on Tuesday. Police said that members of the community had complained, "We responded and asked them to disperse. All but 10 of them did.” However, some laborers said the police didn't give them that chance. Today, the Times says all of the men were released and the charges will be dismissed in half a year if they stay out of trouble. The issue of "loitering" day laborers has been an issue some neighborhoods have been dealing with for a while and in 2006, the city was considering centers for day labor.
Police Release Day Laborers Arrested on Tuesday
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