A resident of Crown Heights wrote the following:
One evening last week, as I was driving home on Washington Avenue, I was stopped at the Empire Blvd. red light and noticed a police car to my right. I continued on my way when the light turned green, and I was startled when the police car put on its lights and pulled me over.
The officer came to my window, asked me if I knew what I did wrong and told me he thought my window was too dark. I told him the window shop was instructed to absolutely only apply the legal limit of tint on the window. This was Officer Andrey Lysak from the 71st precinct and he didn’t seem to really care, he was focused on issuing a ticket / summons.
After the interaction ended I proceeded on my way, but I was taken aback that with all the problems in our community this officer was preoccupied with creating nuisance tickets. I do intend on getting the window checked to see if the correct amount was in fact applied, but regardless I know the officers are here to serve and protect not abuse their power.
The next day I went into the precinct and spoke to an officer I knew from a while back. He told me that typically if someone blows a red light or similar, then the officer will potentially tack on another ticket for a tinted window if he feels inclined to do so. Yet it is almost unheard of for an officer to pull someone over for something like this.
I’m posting this here today to see if other people in our community have dealt with Officer Lysak before. He obviously is not here to protect us, rather he is focused on creating problems out of thin air and he does not belong in the force is this problem has been ongoing. I believe just about all officers are doing their job properly, however once in a while something like this happens and then we need to make sure it is taken care of.
(Please comment below or email [email protected] if you have interacted with Officer Lysak before, so that we can address this issue together.)
Response from a spokesperson from the NYPD 71st Precinct to COLlive.com:
Having tinted windows poses a safety issue. It is illegal to have any tint at all in the front window and the limit is 70 percent on side windows.
This has been a law in New York for the past 4 years.
In order to issue a summons for a tinted window, a tint meter must be used.
Anyone who feels that they received an unfair summons may plead “not guilty” and can plead their case in front of a judge.