Last night The Colbert Report got on the case of Natalie Shea, the 6-year-old Park Slope girl who was fined $300 by the city for defacing the sidewalk in front of her home with colored chalk last fall. “Graffiti is a crime, pure and simple,” Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., apparently one of the last people on earth who hasn’t heard of Colbert, tells the camera with stern seriousness. “Graffiti artists are punks.” We have to say, when the camera cuts to giggling, gloating Natalie and her indulgent, Bobo parents, we don’t entirely disagree: These people should be prosecuted! Click above to watch the video.
Earlier: Sidewalk Chalking Is a Gateway Crime