Here’s what is pissing me off today. A guy I work with is taking the day off so he can head down to Red Hook to fight a summons. He was given a citation for walking through a park after hours. It was 9 in the evening.
A couple of cops were sitting in an unmarked car and grabbing everybody who was coming out of the park. Almost all of these hardened criminals had just gotten out of the subway, which is right next to the park. and taken the natural route into the neighborhood, which is through the park. My co-worker, a 60 year old man, was going home when he was stopped along with about 5 other people.
What a fucking outrage. The police have an important and difficult job to do, but they ought not be engaged in pointless harassment or revenue raising. Claims by the mayor, the commissioner, or any other city employee that there are not ticket quotas and that they do not have as a mission to raise revenue are nonsense.
Ok, I’m going to stop here. I found myself going on a rather extended rant and I’m sure no one really cares to here it from me, I barely want to hear it from me. I hope my colleague wins. I remain outraged.