• NY Daily News

    John Doyle, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    A Staten Island man who beat a murder rap more than a decade ago is back in the can after surveillance camera footage showed him using a gun to get even - permanently - with a neighbor, police said.

    Asim Martinez, 32, committed murder in a rage after his neighbor, Tracy Francis, spit in Martinez's wife's face, a law enforcement source told the Daily News Wednesday.

    Martinez, seeking to avenge the disgusting slight of his wife, found Francis inside his apartment building on Park Hill Ave. in Stapleton about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 3.

    He shot Francis a dozen times, a police source said.

    But he picked a bad spot for murder: the entire incident was filmed on the building's surveillance camera, authorities said.

    Police collared Martinez Wednesday on Marcy Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, after he once again turned to violence to punish a man who had wronged a woman in his life. This time, Martinez stabbed a man in the neck with an ice pick after he

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    Reuven Blau, Lore Croghan AND Helen Kennedy, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Police officers stand near the encampment at Zuccotti Park, Oct 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Occupy Wall Street protesters can camp out in their downtown park indefinitely - or until rain and snow drives them out, Mayor Bloomberg said Monday.

    "The bottom line is people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we will allow them to," Bloomberg said.

    "I think part of it probably has to do with the weather."

    It was a change from last week, when Bloomberg suggested that it was only a matter of time before the city put an end to the encampment in Zuccotti Park near the Stock Exchange.

    Bloomberg has stressed that New York prides itself on allowing demonstrations, but he has not hidden his disdain for the protesters he says are threatening the city's tax base and "trying to destroy the jobs of working people."

    The mayor repeated Monday, "If they break the laws, then we are going to do what we are supposed to do: enforce the laws."

    After bad press generated by videotapes of cops being

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    Simone Weichselbuam, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    The Latin Kings, identified by yellow bandanas and beads, have been using the playground at JHS 51. (Debbie Egan-Chin/NYDN)

    Park Slope park has turned into a hangout for the Latin Kings - and the cops are cracking down, the Daily News has learned.

    The handball courts behind Junior High School 51 in Washington Park near Fourth Ave. and Third St. draw about 30 gang members, sources and residents said.

    The Washington Park Kings claim they are merely using the park as a place to meet rather than to battle rival groups like the Crips and the Trinitarios.

    "We just chill and have fun and play ball," said an 18-year-old King one night last week. "We don't do nothing. My tribe is chill."

    Cops started cruising around Washington Park and along Fourth and Fifth Aves. this summer, eying teens and young men sporting King colors - a yellow bandanna, a black-and-yellow wrist band or beads hanging from the neck.

    "We can't stop them for playing handball, but we see them doing anything more, we lock them up," one police source said.

    "They definitely have felt more

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