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DA Declines To Prosecute Crown Heights Woman Who Police Say Made Bogus Pre-Carnival Complaints

Kathleen Reilly outside of a Despers rehearsal on Saturday night.
(Scott Heins / Gothamist)

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office has declined to pursue charges against Kathleen Reilly, a Crown Heights woman who was arrested Wednesday night while filming patrons with her iPad outside of Pacific Gardens, a Trinidadian venue on Pacific Street.

Initial charges against her included obstructing governmental administration, two counts of false reporting an incident, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to the NYPD.

A law enforcement source told Gothamist simply that the DA declined to prosecute, and declined to answer further questions.

Locals say Reilly, 63, has spent the summer surveilling practice and preparation for this weekend's J'ouvert and other West Indian American Day Carnival activities, curtailing practice time for Despers USA, a Trinidadian steel orchestra that rents a lot across from Pacific Gardens; making patrons uncomfortable; and frequently calling 911. Wednesday marked her first arrest in the State of New York.

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EXPATS and FOREIGNERS don't know this, but HALF THE PEOPLE IN TRINIDAD think that PAN MUSIC is a SET OF NOISE and disturbs the PEACE.

I thought it was the other way around.

Explain this.

It was not Mi Amigo, until NOW, our "Nobel Peace Prize" Poet Winner "Vida Naipaul's" from St James, in his book The Middle Passage, there's a paragraph in it where he wrote, Trinidadian's love NOISE, I definitely know now what he meant..

Amigo: When you are paying $550 a month in CONDO FEES (alone -- ah eh add in mortgage payments and taxes yet) at 892 BERGEN -- yuh sure doh need ONE SET AH NOISE disturbing your PEACE.

What you all expected?

But I do like this line: "It sounds like the same song, It's extremely loud, and it's not what I want to sit in my house and listen to."

"IT SOUNDS LIKE THE SAME SONG" ... even a foreigner who knows nothing about PAN subconsciously complaining about the ONE PANORAMA SONG!!!

I was told that the same woman was acting up about a bar on Classon Ave,untill one night the owner came by ,,,the woman was shocked and told the owner,THAT SHE WAS SO SORRY,BUT SHE DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE OWNER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT​ WAS WHITE,,,,SHE NEVER WENT AND BOTHERED THEM THERE AFTER THAT. THIS IS SIMPLY A SITUATION LIKE SLAVERY DAYS IN TRINIDAD,WHEN THE CAUCASIANS IN CHARGE , BANNED THE BEATING OF THE AFRICAN DRUM,AS THEY COULDN'T UNDERSTAND,PLAY,AND IT WAS INVENTED BY AFRICAN PEOPLE, IT'S JUST PLAIN RACISM.PEACE AND LOVE.

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