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.

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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!!

538 central K
538 central K

Total ass hole move on this spineless police inspector.
Just trying suck the balls of Brooklyn cowboys to get advancement in the bs nypd power
structure. Where is chief of patrol on this. This inspector should be demoted and crushed.

But nypd always covers up and defends bs actions of high ranks like this. Blue lives matter call 1pp ssk for Chief Pichardo whos chief of patrol. Demand summons be voided and trucks released without charge.
This is bs.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

It’s NYC, 🤗

Gramercy
Gramercy

Are you kidding me? Come on , NYC..join the country, will ya? Those truckers deserve thanks and praise for the jobs they are doing..where do leaders get off cow-owing to the Jewish community in which most were found???

NYFreddy78
NYFreddy78

It should not take a pandemic for truck drivers to be appreciated step one... Step two just because of the pandemic truckers should not be skirting the laws. With that being said this didn't need to happen. Truckers have personal conveyance options and the officers could of simply woken the drivers and asked them to move. Its time for the entire North East to be a little better to us truckers. If you police think things are bad right now... if us truckers unite and make a choice to shut commerce down going into New England, and the Metro Ny and Jersey areas we don't need a pandemic to do that and we definitely don't need the permission from the police.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

What A FUCKIN ASHOLEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

I normally support the LEO's but this is ridiculous. They couldn't have asked them to move to a parking lot somewhere? These drivers are trying to help the US by delivering products we all need and need to rest. Give them a break on this and release the semi's with no charge

Cops kid
Cops kid

And this my friends is why a lot of companies do not want to deliver in New York

Cops kid
Cops kid

Who owns the wrecker/impound companies ? Somebody got a kickback

Minnie3002
Minnie3002

I normally support the police. But, this is just wrong with the times we are in today. Your money from the fines and tows were put above human lives. Way to go. This is so wrong. I hope you sleep well at night as people are struggling without basics.

Minnie3002
Minnie3002

I hope Karma bites each and every person involved in this.

alicefae
alicefae

The Jewish community?

Woobie46
Woobie46

I could never figure out why people hated the Jews. Now I'm beginning to get it. These are not the right decisions for ANYONE, esp. NY. They are the worst hit with the covid 19 thing and the Jews are still carrying on like there was nothing going on? This is DISGUSTING. I love Israel and I love the people there, but this is JUST WRONG on every level!

Weepingwillow
Weepingwillow

I'm a Brooklyn Girl, born and raised. This is disgusting. I'm also a retired trucker. I used to get hassled when I'd come into Staten Island to visit my mom. Guess they nev6saw a female truck driver. But this here is down right pathetic. I pray that everyone of those truckers get re-embursed for their troubles. It fight it if I were them. Write the Governor. Cuomo don't play. I bet he'll set things straight.

Rdhdkid
Rdhdkid

Dickheads.

AngryTrucker96
AngryTrucker96

Now I want you to imagine what would happen if all of us said, "No More." And stayed home. A Blue Flu is one thing, but if all the Truckers in this country were to Park it and give LEOs and the rest of the nation the Finger. You would all starve within a week and would have to use leaves to wipe your back side within days.

It's crap like this that has kept me out of NYC proper for over 15 years. Now if the rest would do the same we'd bring these Adam Henry's to their collective knees.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

the cops ran out of criminal to harass so they went after the next set of low hanging fruit! if any of you copsuckers think this is a big deal, this an't shit compared to the regular shit cops do to people! hopefully this little incident wakes people up! because cops are NOT heroes!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What a joke, cops should be helping these truckers, that commander is a piece of shit.

CPD Ret'd Officer
CPD Ret'd Officer

Wow, does not make sense when the country is frightened and people need food. After this is over DeBlasio needs to go !

Karma59
Karma59

I recommend many phone calls to the Honorable Governor Cuomo at 1-518-474-8390 in support of these truckers. If they hear from many people, they usually do something.

TruckerPhil
TruckerPhil

Thanks for the info, now if dispatch sends me a load heading that way, I'll be sure to turn it down.

Sftrckr
Sftrckr

I had a similar situation when Sandy hit. Running emergency supplies and power equipment to a bunch of ungrateful ass wipes. On the second run i made sure the media got my story. That’s when it ended and my expenses reimbursed. Not before telling them to pick up their stuff at the PA line.

TennesseeGator759
TennesseeGator759

This reminds me of trainees I had in the past who were so hot to trot to enforce the law that they worried about writing a parking ticket while a robbery was taking place a few blocks away. Shame on these officers, their leaders and the entire precinct for not jumping on their fellow officers to stop this crap.

WENEEDHELP
WENEEDHELP

well it is now time for all truckers Across America to say screw New York they already cut off all of New England, New England could not get supplies without paying a bounty to New York and now they're trying to screw the rest of the country on emergency supplies. This so-called Commander who is too cowardly to stand up to the community for the good of the country is apparently too much of a coward to do what is right for the country his lacking of intelligence knowing the result would be the holdup of emergency supplies should not be permitted to command any forces no coward or idiot should be permitted to command troops of any sort, this individual should also stand ready the face possible charges from the entire American population for the possible death and harm to other Americans for his foolish holdup of emergency supplies. In addition perhaps several drug dealers and manufacturers should move into a community and take it over because apparently according to this the community has control, the law means nothing obey the community , and the PCS judgment on appointing this Commander indicates to me all of his decisions need to be called into question, this is a criminal act on the part of the 66 Precinct Commander the officers who performed these acts and the people in the community who requested it. in addition I believe the name of the Community member who filed the complaint needs to be made public to the American people this foolish cowardice needs to end.

DaleSarvey
DaleSarvey

I've been saying for years Truckers should just refuse to go there. They have always treated them like garbage. See how long that crappy city would survive then.

magnumforc
magnumforc

New York and some arse flexing his muscle without a brain. Truckers are delivering the needed supplies your governor and mayor have been whining about for weeks. And you tow their trucks? Just freaking unbelievable.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

DI King should be fired. Must be a DeBlasio boy.

Jyslinn
Jyslinn

My husband is supposed to go into New York city next weekend. I will ask him to avoid it, or at least that area. Deliveries should be boycotted by the trucking companies. It worked in Pa.

IdiotsEverywher3
IdiotsEverywher3

Just stop delivering there or charge double for the haul (in preparation of being fined & towed). Better yet.... just stop delivering. Watch them cry and beg for you to come back and help

JoeyPop
JoeyPop

JUDEN AUSGANG

TheMickster
TheMickster

Simple answer: stop ALL deliveries within 100 miles of this place.

Comet
Comet

And New Yorkers wonder why their city leadship and cop's are hated!!

Smilingsweetly777
Smilingsweetly777

I'm ashamed of this police action. Anyone with blocked parking just had to knock on the cab door & politely ask for help getting to their vehicle. But NO. They had to show how powerful they are politically & get a big hot to tucje, tow & get big fines for these tired, overworked drivers. As for expecting DeBlasio to act in a manner requiring common sense, that's like asking a baby to cook a gourmet meal. Impossible! The South has the right attitude. They are considerate to the truckers & try to be helpful. New York City, is earning the reputation they have; one of being selfish bullies.
P.S.- I was raised in Richmond Hill, so I can gripe about the City. Notice please that I emphasize City. The City & Long Island are entities of themselves. Please don't confuse the City, with the rest of the state.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

The cops have to do what they are told to do but I'm sure many weren"t happy doing it. The stories of cops running for food for the truckers is more like the officers I've worked with for 30 years. More like all the first responders I have worked with for 30 years. Just some politician feeling his oats, or some citizen thinking they are the top dog. Also pretty close to the personality of a NYC resident. Ask some of the surronding states second home communities? Arrogance supreme!

DEO_70817
DEO_70817

Having grew up in NY State, I never did like the Hasidic's. Just like radical muslims, they hide behind their religion to get their way. Truckers need to boycott those areas and leave them to their own devices.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

I don’t get why many states have closed rest stop areas. I can understand not having rest stop buildings/businesses open but people, especially truckers, who are required by law to stop after so many hours not being able to park? That’s stupid, just plain stupid.

outlaw51
outlaw51

What a bunch of assholes.

Imanoldfart
Imanoldfart

But you can’t stop delivering to the people just because of a few assholes ✌️

Hottop1
Hottop1

My dad was a constable my uncle was a pa state trooper
So its not hate on cops but how dare he did he ask to see the logbooks and the timeclock for dot that drivers must obey and stop driving when their clock runs out and our guts on the road killing theirselfs to get food to market

amlee
amlee

Don't deliver ANY kosher foods to that area for a while.

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Purplemonster
Purplemonster

Why should the people suffer because the cops were dicks? They would tow it just the same if it was in an Italian neighborhood or a Chinese neighborhood.

Purplemonster
Purplemonster

Bunch of B.S. Many NYPD officers are on a power trip, stuck up and pompous and control NYC and it's 5 boroughs as if it's the only place where life exists and everywhere else outside of it is on another solar planet. And what wtf does the "Orthodox Jewish community" have anything at all to do with towing these trucks and making weddings. Sounds like someone went off on a tangent and has some serious hate issues and should therefore not be part of the law enforcement community. They should all be fired for disrupting the supply chain of critically needed products in this time of a national emergency!!

06blackwaterusa
06blackwaterusa

I'm a huge bluelivesmatter advocate..served 8 years with cops in Iraq and Afghanistan.but what happened in NYC I cant take a risk and be shut down...if there anti trucker...then this trucker won't go to NYC...I'll refuse any loads...and refuse loads after pandemic is over...sorry but I'm American first and there's Americans who want our help...God bless ...be safe blue livesmatter...we have your back.

scoobieruby64
scoobieruby64

What FRIGGEN MORONS!! Apologies are in order to those truckers!!!

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

Considering the truckers I know we haven't hear the end of this. They will probably get their satisfaction in the end.

hawkthewarrior
hawkthewarrior

I really hate stupid cops that pander and present their ass to rich jews not following public health orders. ARREST THOSE ASSHOLE JEWS!!!!!!! They are spreading virus!!!! And that stupid cop better be out of a job!!!! These truckers are saving lives!!!! THIS IS WHY THIS AREA IS INFECTED!!!!!! CLEAN THIS SHIT UP OR HAVE THE TROOPS COME IN AND CLEAN IT UP FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!

dkn3165
dkn3165

We have these truck drivers killing themselves every day to bring us food and supplies we need, yet they can’t get a hot meal with out being over charged, don’t have decent bathroom accommodations, probably don’t get much sleep and this is the shit you do to them? Don’t be surprised when they all say enough is enough and stop their deliveries , what will we all do then?!!

Trucker445
Trucker445

Try to tow my truck nypd you can’t if I don’t get out and parking is not a valid reason to make me get out if the tow truck even touches my truck I’ll have us marshals out there and everyone involved will be arrested for kidnapping your laws mean nothing when fmcsa says otherwise we are under federal regulations not local tyvm

Mz.kitty
Mz.kitty

I am a truck driver as far as I’m concerned I never need to make any deliveries to NYC. Some people in this world need a wake up call . So when they no longer see trucks coming in and your stores don’t get restocked look in the mirror and thank yourself for your ignorance.

BoneDoc
BoneDoc

Truth... Locom doesn't stand a snowball's chance in Hades.

Usehername
Usehername

The cops were called by the people who had their parking blocked. Even though the same people calling were unwilling to obey the lengthy but understandable temporary social distancing rules set in place for their own and the public good.

If they used their influence with the mayor as leverage to get the police to make the truck drivers' lives harder, that is unacceptable. The mayor should have told the community to have a little perspective. A leader needs a backbone.

If the drivers could have found truck accessible parking that would have been better. The mayor should have told the cops to show a little bit more leniency for the truck drivers given the state of things. What greater good was served?

I could understand if that neighborhood was given a wide berth by truckers until restitution and a formal apology was made to each driver.

I am the daughter of a truck driver. It is not about religion. Never a need for hate, especially now.


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