By COLlive staff
Crown Heights Hatzalah volunteers were shocked Monday night, when they received tickets for parking their cars on Eastern Parkway while running to an emergency call in the neighborhood.
The police cars are marked NYC Sheriff and Road Patrol, witnesses said, and the officers driving them drove the wrong way on Eastern Parkway to 770 just to ticket the volunteers as they rushed from their cars to the parked Hatzalah ambulances to respond to one of the numerous medical emergency calls in the neighborhood.
Crown Heights is currently in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, with hundreds of residents ill with the virus, many needing emergency medical attention. Hatzalah of Crown Heights has been inundated with emergency calls, and have been on the front line of saving lives and assisting the ill members of the community.
On Thursday, 71 Precinct Detective Vinny Martinos warned residents that there would be “no tolerating of large gatherings” in the neighborhood, and that Marshalls would be patrolling and would be making arrests.
“This is shocking,” a resident told COLlive. “The Marshalls should be here to ensure that residents do not congregate, but not to give tickets to medical personnel during this critical time.”
“Where is the outcry? This calls for an immediate investigation by the NYC Mayor, commissioner and by the POTUS,” another one wrote on social media.