Police Abuse

NYC Cops Allegedly Beat Up Jaywalking Elderly Man, Refused to Tell Son Which Hospital He Was In

Family says he didn't speak English

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"don't blame me i voted for kodos"
New York Post

One of New York City's newly inaugurated mayor Bill de Blasio's first initiatives has been "Vision Zero," the city's efforts to get pedestrian traffic fatalities down to zero. De Blasio called the problem an "epidemic"; 7 pedestrians died in the city of 7 8 million in the first two weeks of 2014. "We simply have to do better," de Blasio said while announcing an interagency group that would include the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health, and the NYPD. The NYPD is already doing its part.

The New York Post reports:

Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street.

[84-year-old Kang] Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said.

"The guy didn't seem to speak English. The cop walked him over to the Citibank" near the northeast corner of 96th and Broadway, said one witness, Ian King, a Fordham University law student.

"[The officer] stood him up against the wall and was trying to write him a ticket. The man didn't seem to understand, and he started walking away.

"The cop tried to pull him back, and that's when he began to struggle with the cop," said King, 24. "As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere."

I'll grant that it seems Wang, whether he actually speaks English or not, should have been able to gather that the costumed fellow trying to talk to him was an agent of state. Nevertheless, even under those circumstances, it should be obvious that police officers should not gang up on and brutalize an 84-year-old man, or anyone accused of what amounts to a non-violent act that happens to be prohibited by the government.

Wong's son, who said he was not comfortable speaking near cops, eventually told the Post that police called him about whether his father required medication but would not disclose what hospital he was at. Eventually he found out, but says the hospital wouldn't let him visit his father until later because he was considered a prisoner, not a patient. Wong was charged with jaywalking, obstructing government administration, and resisting arrest.

Cops have reportedly been issuing $250 jaywalking tickets in response to the pedestrian deaths. These fines may not amount to much for some, but as Brian Doherty explained earlier this month, they can trap poor people in a cycle of increasing government problems; fines grow, jail time is tacked on, and hours are spent fighting in court.

On the same day Wong was beat up by an unknown number of cops deployed to combat the scourge of jaywalking, de Blasio's spokesperson said the city wouldn't "sit by while lives are lost and families are torn apart." So the era of de Blasio's NYC begins. For the children families.

h/t Dan Pearson

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    1. In all fairness, CN. Gays can get gay married, weed is allowed in two states, and abortions are as accessible as ever. The internet lets you watch movies, and Lady Gaga is allowed to express herself. Freedom indeed!

  1. I like seeing these assholes plastered across the front page. That’s one of things it will take to start getting these guys to act right.

  2. Well if Mr. Wang dies from injuries received at the hands of the cops, it doesn’t technically count as a pedestrian traffic fatality, so it’s a win for De Blasio.

    1. Either way, if Wang dies of his wounds, they’re not culpable… lack of oxygen to the brain and all that.

  3. Krayewski, you ignorant fuck. NYC has well over 8 million residents.

    1. The 80s called, they want my stat back

  4. the hospital wouldn’t let him visit his father until later because he was considered a prisoner, not a patient.

    Good thing he wasn’t “considered” *dead*. 8-(

    1. I as going to post “he’s lucky to be alive.”

      His son is, too.

  5. The law is the law. Derp-de-derp.

    LAOL FTW!

    1. You have nothing to fear from violent thugs just looking for any pretense to beat the shit out of people if you’ve done nothing to transgress against the countless pretenses granted them by the law.

      1. Good to see that someone gets it.

  6. Can we just secretly let the good people in NYC know that they should leave, and then nuke the place from orbit? It’s the only way to be sure.

  7. “As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.”

    Does it really take a bunch of cops jumping an 84 year old guy (likely with a bit of dimensia) just to stop him from walking away? Reposting from AM links, this is how Ukrainians are currently responding when cops rush over:

    The laws go on and on. It’s Soviet stuff all over again. And people aren’t taking this lightly.

    In total defiance of these new laws, the gun-toting police thugs, and the bone chilling winter cold, people are once again out in the streets.

    There’s a great video from a few nights ago where the cops were assaulting a few protesters. Then suddenly a swarm of people with nothing more than fists and sticks ran over and began attacking the police.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGaR7-9yq_c

    1. Unfortunately I can’t really see that happening here. As long as most people are reasonably well off and the cops only beat up “other” people, no one will give enough of a shit to risk their own lives to intervene.

  8. “We simply have to do better,” de Blasio said while announcing an interagency group that would include the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health, and the NYPD.

    Top Men. They’ll have this epidemic wiped out in a jiffy.

  9. Cops have reportedly been issuing $250 jaywalking tickets in response to the pedestrian deaths.

    And now I have an image of a cop tucking a jaywalking ticket into the shirt pocket of a corpse as it is loaded into the ambulance for transport to the morgue.

    1. Don’t be an idiot. Corpses can’t pay tickets. The cops go to the funeral to issue the ticket to the next of kin.

  10. Edward Champion over at edrants.com has an insightful article on all of this.

    http://www.edrants.com/new-may…..aywalking/

    “Vision Zero ? a policy idea cribbed from Sweden that de Blasio was talking up last August ? wishes to put an end to all traffic fatalities. But the considerable efforts by Scandinavians to curb death have had middling and often ineffectual results. Norway adopted a Vision Zero policy in 1999, but the number of traffic fatalities remained largely unchanged since. And while Sweden has seen traffic fatalities fall as low as 266 in 2010, New York is not Sweden. Sweden isn’t nearly as dense as New York. It doesn’t have nearly as much traffic. Moreover, 65% of Sweden’s serious accidents involve wild animals. Unless New York reduces its population density (not likely) and sees a sudden influx of Swedish moose hopping around the BQE, what works for Sweden is unlikely to work in the Big Apple.”

    The worse part of the pedestrian fatality crackdown are the anti-car activists that are acting up. Right of Way (the group that has been vandalizing city streets with spray painted outlines of victims) does not even try to hide they want to put an end to automobiles with their URL is http://www.cars-suck.org

    1. “Direct Action Street Justice”

      A wordy way of saying ‘Douchebags’

    2. …a sudden influx of Swedish moose…

      A M??se once bit my sister …

      1. No realli! She was Karving her initials on the m??se with the sharpened end of an interspace t??thbrush given her by Svenge – her brother-in-law – an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian m?vies.

    3. Sweden isn’t nearly as dense as New York. It doesn’t have nearly as much traffic.

      While this is undoubtedly true, the fatalities in NYC are clustered in the less dense and less heavily trafficked parts of town. Nobody’s running down the hordes of pedestrian commuters and tourists in Midtown, they’re hitting children and the elderly in the outer boroughs.

      1. So the wolves go after the weak and feeble at the fringes of the herd…

  11. If I owned the road, why in the hell would I want pedestrians crossing the road impeding traffic, and having the possibility of someone getting run over and squished into soilent green? They would either cross above or below the road. This would help alleviate the pedestrian vs car scenario, and reduce travel time.

    Eventually NYC will turn into Detroit. I mean, they have commercials running advertising no taxes for 10 years. So they admit taxation discourages business, yet raise every other tax and fine the hell out of everyone anyway.

    How many houses do folks think DeBlasio could go to and shake people down before someone kicked the shit out of him and threw him off their property? This is why free people would be able to eradicate such nonsense immediately, and folks would face consequences for robbery, etc. This is why the politicians love weak disarmed individuals, and those same individuals love forcing others to be weak like them.

  12. h/t Dan Pearson

    I posted this in yesterdays Morning Links.

    1. Yes, but that’s not how hat tips work.

      hint: Needs moar blowjobs

  13. “”Vision Zero””

    Blind, meet the Blind. I have a great idea how you can help each other out.

    That this marketing label was applied to an initiative intended to *make sure you don’t get run over* is evidence that we are crossing the apex of Peak Stupid and will soon reach The Singularity.

  14. The lesson here is that anything the government does, however significant or insignificant, is predicated on organized violence.

    To praise government is to praise violence.

  15. Is it Wang or Wong? Make up your mind, Ed!

  16. To willingly reside in NYC is to be a piece of human debris.

    Should Al-Qaeda kick your ass again, no decent, civilized person would care.

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