"Like being in a shark tank": Prospect Heights woman reports construction worker harassment, "dry hump' from drunks leaving Barclays boxing event
Cotton said she'd speak to the arena general manager, saying such behavior is not acceptable. In response to a question about whether the Barclays Center would hire private security to act beyond the arena perimeter, Cotton said they'd have to check with the local precinct.
"We do make public announcements about" issues like littering, Cotton said, musing that it might be possible.
|Dean Street resident's account, cited at meeting|
The harassment episode
At 9:30 am, she wrote, "the neighborhood is swarming with construction workers. As a female it is like being in a shark tank just to walk down your own street."
While DSR typically responds politely when construction workers say good morning, that day she was in a hurry and just wanted to be left alone. Reacting to her non-response, the worker who said good morning got upset and called her an "ugly bitch" as she stepped out of a store.
They argued heatedly. Some 20 other construction workers nearby "sat around and laughed along with each other." And when she tried to speak to the site supervisor, "he didn't even want to shake my hand when I introduced myself. I feel this was because I am a black female, and that to me was the ultimate disrespect."
DSR wrote that she would not stop until the worker "is fired or removed from the neighborhood."
Three days later, it got worse. Walking home after a visit to the bank, she was "ambushed" by three drunk men leaving the arena after the night's boxing match.
One man danced in front of her and grabbed her in a bear hug. A second grabbed her from behind, and "proceeds to dry hump me from behind." The third was "laughing and yelling in the street."
She sought to escape to the nearby firehouse, on Dean just east of Sixth Avenue, and the men let go. But after she entered the sanctuary the men didn't leave. "They continued to harass and knock on the firehouse door. The guy who'd grabbed me from behind asked the firefighter 'can I just leave my number with her.'"
Ultimately the firefighter walked her home.