NYPD Raids Sleeping Truck Drivers, Tows Trucks Needed To Haul Supplies

Sandy Malone

NYPD 66th Precinct commander bragged on Twitter about ticketing and towing long-haul truckers trying to sleep.

Brooklyn, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) officers conducted a raid Monday morning on a group of long-haul truckers who were sleeping in their cabs on a residential street in the 66th Precinct.

NYPD Deputy Inspector James King, the commanding officer of the 66th Precinct, tweeted about the operation right after it happened, but has since deleted the post in which he bragged about having illegally parked tractor trailers towed in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic emergency.

The tweet was captured by retired NYPD Detective David Chianese and published on his Advocacy for LEOs blog on Tuesday.

“Our traffic safety officer was out on Bay pkwy towing these illegally parked trailers,” the NYPD 66th Precinct tweeted on Monday morning. “Please remember commercial vehicles cannot be parked on residential blocks.”

The incident occurred just before dawn on March 23 when a number of over-the-road truck drivers were sleeping in the cabs of their trucks on a mixed use street in Brooklyn, according to the Advocacy for LEOs blog.

Officers from the 66th Precinct and the NYPD Traffic Enforcement Division descended on the block to wake up the out-of-state truck drivers, most of whom were catching a nap while they waited for their trailers to be reloaded for another trip, Advocacy for LEOs reported.

On Monday, instead of waking up and returning to pick up their goods to haul, the truckers were forced to deal with the impound lot to retrieve the trucks, leaving much needed supplies on pallets inside parked trailers.

NYPD sources told Blue Lives Matter that what happened in the 66th Precinct was “utterly disgusting” and mirrored the rest of the behavior that has been going on in the prominently Jewish Hillside community ever since the emergency shutdowns were announced.

On source said that NYPD went after the truckers because Jewish leaders in the area complained that the trucks were blocking their parking.

The largely Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities in Brooklyn have continued to hold large gatherings such as weddings despite orders to stay at home and observe social distancing when in public amidst the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Post reported.

The NYPD source explained to Blue Lives Matter that the Orthodox and Hasidic communities are a politically powerful voting bloc in that area and elected officials usually try hard not to raise their ire.

“It’s awful. If there’s any disagreement between the Hasidic community and NYPD officers, the city almost exclusively sides with the Jewish community there,” the source complained. “It doesn’t matter how right the police officer is. A lot of the laws get flouted and a blind eye is turned because that community votes as a block and what they say goes with the mayor.”

He said the raid on the sleeping truck drivers never should have happened during the state of emergency.

“This is a situation where the precinct commander didn’t have the balls to tell the community leaders that they’re being ridiculous,” the NYPD official told Blue Lives Matter. “Why would he send officers to mess with these truckers who need to deliver supplies, effectively exposing all of the officers and the truckers to each other for no reason? It’s just inexcusable.”

Truck drivers across the United States have been working furiously to deliver supplies across the nation to refill the shelves stripped by panicked shoppers going into self quarantine as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the country.

Many rest stops are closed along highways, and that’s where most of the truckers do their overnight stays on long hauls, according to KRNV.

There have been numerous reports of police departments across the country helping out the truckers by running their orders through restaurant drive-thrus because the trucks are usually too big to fit.

In Eufaula, Alabama, the police department announced they wanted to help the hungry truck drivers, AL.com reported.

“To that end, if you are a truck driver, and need to take time off the road in Eufaula, we will assist you in getting food,” the Eufaula Police Department posted on their official Facebook page. “With more and more restaurants limiting their dining room access, it is becoming harder for our truck driving friends to find places to eat. We will either go get something for you, or give you a ride to the nearest drive through (if you don’t mind riding in the back seat).”

“If manpower is such that we cannot assist, we will secure someone that can,” the police department promised.

In Nevada, residents have been delivering warm meals to the drivers stuck in their rigs, KRNV reported.

"We are working non-stop, but it's to make sure people get what they need," Ronda Aucoin, a truck driver from Kentucky, said. "Nevadans have been especially nice, since a few places are closed and not allowing us to stay the night when we're done working."

Neither NYPD nor New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office responded to Blue Lives Matter’s request for comment.

Comments (186)
RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Wow, that’s something to be proud of

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RetiredRocklandCop
RetiredRocklandCop

TRue

gdmn2find8
gdmn2find8

This is one of those times, where a Police Department needs to be making decisions based on the needs of citizens and not voting blocks and especially a mayor who doesn't have you backs to begin with. The needs of the country, the entire country comes first. Causing delays like this is not in the best interest of your fellow Americans.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Getting your car towed and impounded is expensive itself.
But a tractor truck in NYC is a couple of thousand at the least and there goes your profits that barely covered your cost to make the delivery.
I would cease to do anymore business there.

Serpico8881
Serpico8881

This happens in North Jersey where a entire county is run by a Jewish community and both local and state politicians jump when told what they want!
This Disgusting situation by NYPD'S brass with no spine!

Shelbz
Shelbz

This is wrong on so many levels. Truckers are working many hours to bring in supplies and to have their trucks towed? Dont be surprised if less truckers want to go there to bring supplies. I know I wouldn't

Kjfoster
Kjfoster

Funny, how the cops cant understand why they're so disliked. This is just plain ol power tripping B.S.

Kjfoster
Kjfoster

Huh, imagine that. The mayor and NYPD wouldn't answer Blue lives matter.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Cops being bastards?!?! 😳

This article CANNOT be true, could it????

NealZ
NealZ

Well, it is NY soooooo there is that. I think the drivers should just quit delivering to NY....watch how quickly the idiots in NY change their tune

JBoH
JBoH

Not one of the NYPD's finer moments...common sense not in evidence.

Markm
Markm

The truckers need to not deliver anything to this community no groceries no gas no supplies at all cut this community off for anything. The Feds need to step in and charge these officers for obstruction of emergency supplies in a national state of emergency also.

flybynight
flybynight

I understand he was carrying a load of malt liquor. Can anyone confirm this?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The site that this anti-cop article comes from seems a little wacky to me...

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

As a truck driver now, this is one of the reasons I absolutely REFUSE to go into any of the boroughs of NYC or Long Island.

Ohhellno
Ohhellno

I respect law enforcement but the cops mayor and governor in NY are some of the most self-centered power hungry sorry examples of humanity any where.

davidebrewer55
davidebrewer55

Thanks for letting me know, because of this, I just turned down a load of respirators for NYC and am taking the load of masks to Montana.

Tomted
Tomted

This is why I have ALWAYS refused any loads to NY City. New Jersey’s not much better.

Boildelivery
Boildelivery

Congratulations, more and more truck drivers are sharing this story. I don’t care if the city of New York starves I will never deliver a single item of freight there.

KD1986
KD1986

This is why ppl hate cops.

WLPD0103
WLPD0103

It sounds like what needs to be done is that the truck drivers have to refuse to deliver produce, food and other supplies to the area where This occurred in order to show those pulling strings with the politicians and police that they maybe able to bend the rules and get extra privileges but that it is the truck drivers that put the wheels under that freight moving it into a store near them for their use and consumption and without the trucks the shelves are going to be pretty bare!

Stay free
Stay free

Follow them orders.

BriabB
BriabB

Truck drivers have a very long memory. The day will come when these supplies are no longer needed in volume. At that point communities like this won’t be able to get a truck when they need one.

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

mayor de blowsya'alls and ny's formally finest protecting thugs and quickly on their knees to serve democrats... saving their wide open ass by blaming Jews.

NYeatshiz
NYeatshiz

I'm wondering why anyone still delivers in this hole. I understand most are new drivers but I'm not touching anything east of PA without extra pay. STOP allowing people to treat you like dirt drivers!!! Let NYC deal with there own stuff they've treated us bad long enough. JUST SAY NO

Gideon777
Gideon777

yep keep it up I know 20 drivers that will not Deliver too NYC FMCSA told LEO'S to leave the drivers alone we are Driving to provide for the Nation it is a Emergency,interfering in Interstate Commerce Law is a whole dif set of Laws leave the drivers alone
I will nver go back too NYC

Horsehead
Horsehead

Disgusting little bureaucrats hiding behind their badge and gun.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

Well we are talking about NYC, where they let you go free even if you do wrong. What a joke for a city and a state. I would have told those leaders to kiss my ass. But the Commander over that Precinct dosen't have the balls to stand up to anyone. I feel sorry for those truck drivers.

Quack1544
Quack1544

I’m a truck driver still out here delivering loads all over the country to help people get what they need I haven’t seen my family in 5 weeks they are on lockdown because of this pandemic but I’m still out here trying to do my part for the country and this is how the NYPD treats us I can promise you this I won’t take another load to that state I don’t care how much money they offer or how bad they need medicine food water toiletries it won’t happen and I’m spreading the word threw the trucking community’s

Paxz
Paxz

Think they should be arresting those in the community that are having large gatherings spreading the virus instead of hassling the ones trying to help the nation

Sgt167
Sgt167

This is a prime example that there are incompetent idiots in all fields including law enforcement and usually end up as deputy chief or chief

Beavis73
Beavis73

New York should be totally ashamed of this, truck drivers are the soul of this country, not just right now, but always, if the hasidic jews have that much of a problem, stop truck deliveries to them

Gil2529
Gil2529

street in Brooklyn,----Now where did I see that NAME Brooklyn? OH! YES, What do you mean----
"May be Criminal"---- We as Americans know its origins and purpose and believe that we can no longer keep kicking the can down the road hoping that the problem goes away. YES! Schumer said "I'm from Brooklyn,we speak in strong language."
REALLY! Chuck, and this 'STRONG Brooklyn language' is over KILLING BABY'S???? Damn! Chuck YOU are NOT in Brooklyn any more. If your HEAD was NOT so far up YOUR A$$ YOU just MIGHT KNOW this. REMEMBER! Chuck DON'T let YOUR ALLIGATOR MOUTH OVERLOAD YOUR HUMMINGBIRD A$$. You could get your DICK knock in the DIRT around here over your 'STRONG Brooklyn language'. Oh! YES,Chuck 'WE THE PEOPLE' DON'T GIVE A DAMN where you are FROM. If he was NO LONGER on GOD'S green earth in the A.M. I for one would NOT EVEN miss him. ONLY "WE the PEOPLE" can MAKE them answer for their actions! Chuck is like a CANCER and a TOTAL waste of HUMAN SKIN. He should NEVER hold any OFFICE. NONE. ----Well looks like OLD Chuck Schumer is NOT the ONLY one in Brooklyn with his HEAD up his A$$. Let me give all of you fine upstanding folks who think that you live RIGHT at the foot of the CROSS a little INFO. here about TRUCK DRIVERS, They DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE A LOAD/CARGO ANYWHERE THEY DON'T WANT TO. THAT IS RULE NO.1 Now if all of these TRUCK DRIVERS were to get together they could make sure that NO TRUCK over two tons were to DRIVE into Brooklyn for NEXT FIFTY or SIXTY DAYS. Let us make sure those fine folk's DRIVE OUT OF Brooklyn to get what is the LOAD/CARGO on those TRUCKS. HAPPY MOTORING MF.

bobyoung
bobyoung

Lets all call James King at the 66th and tell the butthole he's an abject butthole. Here's the number 718-851-5611. It's not an emergency line, so you wont be interfering with anything critical. This crap is an embarrassment. Truckers hate driving into NYC as it is, now the NYPD is harassing them. If anything, they should put a patrol car on the street to ensure these hard working truckers are safe, and let them know they are appreciated.

SupportOurBlue
SupportOurBlue

A BIG THANKS to all the truck drivers who are working extra long hours during this time!!! Love ya all - Also huge thanks for those others working long hours. For those doing the towing, hmmmm.... what brings your and your family’s food and supplies to the grocery store? (That’s just the bare minimum)

TrueBlueSupporter
TrueBlueSupporter

I just shared with my friend who is a coordinator for the Teamsters Union. This should help the truckers avoid this toxic area or possibly NYC in general.

Myownopinion
Myownopinion

This is why I will never deliver to New York, they can deliver their own loads if they need supplies, but we still have people willing to haul to and from New York and New York cops will continue harassing the truck driver and causing them financial harm, they don’t want us there, they harass us constantly.

cspcapt
cspcapt

So you arrest or tow that which supplies food and necessary goods in order to live.. NYPD don't be part of the problem!

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Hope the Inspector has the time for retirement. Dumb ass decision on his part. I see parking meter patrol in his future very soon.

Essentialdriver1
Essentialdriver1

As a driver we should band as brothers and sisters and shut all our trucks down for a day or 2. Show these community leaders how vital we are and how important the trucking industry is. The great 🇺🇸 would come to a screeching halt. I do not want this to happen but both the FMC and local governments need to ease up on us. I also hope NYC dismisses all towing and impounding fees to these great hero drivers. I'm not asking for a shut down or strike but it is food for thought if we were to stop and what the outcome could be.

HateNYPD
HateNYPD

All the officers had to do is be polite and ask the truckers to move there trucks instead of being butt fucking idiot's and side with people that now wants to starve cause I'm sure the truckers would rather let them starve to death because they can't get there product to the people that need it

junkmansj
junkmansj

Saw a video of the goverenor crying for ventaltors and more supllies! Perfect way to get help!

Trefflek
Trefflek

No surprise it’s New York...showing its true colors

Foxtrack
Foxtrack

This is just one of many reasons i wont drive east coast. I'm happy staying western 11. In anycase, they don't like truckers and wont respect the work and service we provide, then perhaps we as drivers should all refuse all loads going into NYC. Give it the FULL Lock down quarantine and not deliver any goods for two weeks. Lets see if the jewish community and the cops change their tune afterwards.

DarrellB
DarrellB

There is ALWAYS one in EVERY department, and everyone here knows it. In fact that person just lept into your mind!

OLDRELOADER
OLDRELOADER

I drove a truck. NYC has always been one of the most truck unfriendly places. Drivers should have stopped going. There long ago.

77 RetiredPDO
77 RetiredPDO

I have family members who are hard working proud long distance truck drivers. I have family members who are also hard working proud LEOers. With that said, I agree with some of these comments made on this blog that this Police Commander should be fired and anyone else above him should be identified and dealt with in the same manner. I think that the responding officers including the tow truck drivers should have refused any actions towards these truckers. What should have been done was that the officers/tow truck drivers should have asked if these truckers needed any help to locate areas of rest or food. When this incident is over with, I hope as one person stated that these truckers get reimbursed for their loss by either the government/complainants/source of delivery or their employers.If these complainants are identified as I recommended above, it would be interesting to see how they go about defending their actions when the city of New York/Other communities do not receive the needed equipment for all these patients that are sick, including the possibility of the complainants and or relatives. People, make better choices!!! I am concerned that this happened as it did because of a special group of people wanting their parking area cleared in front of their million dollar homes. Apparently this group forgot about the troubles they suffered and or their relatives suffered years ago. Shame on you!!! Truckers, do what you must, but remember your actions will have consequences for innocent people who depend on your skills/products to survive in this medical pandemic. Officers/Tow trucker drivers, use common sense and make the right decision to what is right. Be safe out there guys and gals, this will be over soon.

ShadowGryphon
ShadowGryphon

Face Palm

XIHP308
XIHP308

Can expect nothing less from NYC, not your finest moment.

Jlna5434
Jlna5434

Well, that's DeBlasio for you!! He's a POS!!!!!! I hope one day someone just hall's off and floors him....there is no one who would deserve it more!!