By CJ, a Jewish resident of Crown Heights
The incident occurred at 11:11pm 6/19/13, as I drove around the corner from Union St. onto Schenectady Ave.
There was a spot open so I placed my car in position to back in. About halfway into my turn an African American girl placed herself behind my car blocking me from finishing to park.
After honking my horn a few times I realized she wasn’t going to move because she was trying to save the spot for someone else. Sure enough, 5 minutes later another car pulled up and blocked me from behind. At that moment I placed a call to 911 explaining that there was a dispute and no one was hurt.
Now for all of you who are going to say you should’ve just left, stop reading and close the screen – this story is not for you. As a lifetime New Yorker, I know how hard it is to find a parking space this late at night, so I stood my ground thinking that the law will prevail and honost people will always win.
However, this also being NYC, thats not what happened. The cops came about 30 minutes after placing the call. It was a cruiser from the 71st pct, 2 African American police officers, one male and one female. The male seemed to be in charge and walked past my car and immediately headed for the 2 African American complainants.
After he spoke to them for a few minutes, I stepped out of my car, hoping for a chance to speak with him and explain my side of the story. Instead, what transpired was something I never expected from a law enforcement professional.
He immediately began to yell at me, barking orders like a Drill Sargent. Instead of treating me with respect and a mature adult, he treated me like I was a child who was having a fight over a toy. His decree? “Since both you of can’t have the spot, none of you can have it right away. Instead, you both have to drive around the block, and whoever gets back here first will get it!”
His partner took up watch again, standing behind my car, not allowing me to finish parking, and let the other parties pull away. He then began yelling at me to leave. When I tried to reason with him he wouldn’t hear it. I asked him to be a reasonable man and consider the fact that my car was already halfway parked.
But he only yelled louder and began to threaten me with a summons for blocking traffic. Once more I attempted to reason with him, and he asked me for my license and registration. He then gave me a summons for “Failure to comply with order,” as if I was some new rookie cop who didn’t listen to his superior.
I believe that was occurred was a clear picture of unprofessionalism in uniform and possible anti-semitism. At no point did he even stop to listen to my side of the story, at no point was he impartial and reasonable.
I would like your help to get this person out of a uniform he does not deserve to wear. His name is Police Officer Cummings in the 71st PCT, Shield #920171.
Below please find pictures of the summons and my car placement at the time of the event. You will notice his partner blocking my car in one of the pictures. Please share and let true justice rule in NYC.
An officer with the 71st Precinct told COLlive: “When the police officers arrived, both motorists were fighting over the spot. Since there was no way to know who was in the right, he told both to drive away. The first motorist left but the second one did not comply. That’s why the officer issued the summons.”
Following the statement by the police, CJ wrote:
I was sitting in my car not talking to anyone and at no time during this whole event did I even speak with the other driver. The officer should not comment unless he was there and not make statements based on hearsay.
And had his partner not blocked my car I could have continued to park. I didn’t know we live in Marshal Law where the cop is Judge, Jury and Prosecutor all in one.
While writing the summons he began commenting to by standers “these EMT’s think…”. So obviously he was out to get me. I asked for a supervisor and he began yelling at me “You dont get to speak with a supervisor.”