Man Attacks ‘Negative’ Peacock on Staten Island


A Staten Island man is awaiting arraignment today for launching a fatal attack on a peacock in the parking lot of a Staten Island Burger King yesterday, authorities said. John Potts, 32, of the Tottenville section of the island, beat the bird so severely that it had to be euthanized, police said. When cops nabbed Potts, he asked them why the peacock attack was a “such a big deal,” a source said.
“It had negative energy,” Potts reportedly told cops. “It came out of the darkness so I had to kick it.”

Potts, who was taken to a Staten Island hospital for a mental evaluation, faces a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2007


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