Sunday, June 20, 2010
Complaints about traffic officer pour in
From CBS 2:
The traffic agent under investigation for acting above the law was still on full duty Friday, even as complaints continued to pour in.
CBS 2 HD has learned that the agent's use of flashing red lights to buy coffee is just the tip of the iceberg.
Traffic agent Daniel Chu is a bona fide legend in certain parts of Queens, and not in a good way.
Since the incident people have been coming out of the woodwork to rat Chu out, but the agent is apparently so intimidating that many told CBS 2 HD they were afraid to go on camera.
One man told CBS 2 HD he was parked outside a McDonald's with one minute to go on the parking meter. Agent Chu came and blocked his car in and when the meter ran out he gave the man a ticket.
Anthony Carollo, a former NYPD cop, has watched Chu's aggressive ticketing for years. He said Chu puts others in danger.
"Just to run in front of a vehicle that's about to pull out of a metered spot and use his body as a shield to stop cars and then can write the summons, that's very problematic," Carollo said.
Hairdresser Kara Tosiello said Chu yelled at her in a way that was unnecessarily abusive.
"I just remember him telling me not to talk to him. He said he could do whatever he wanted," Tosiello said.
Business owner Vince Paladino filed a complaint with the NYPD against agent Chu for harassing his customers.
"We'd see him here. We'd see him flying up and down the block, making a u-turn to come to block somebody in," Paladino said.