April 12, 2016, 2:53 PM
BY THOMAS TRACY
181ELVIS VIA YOUTUBE
|An NYPD cop was videotaped telling a motorist that Mayor de Blasio wants cops to give out summonses.|
Hey Bill, don’t smack a cop for doing your dirty work!
The head of the city’s police union blasted the NYPD for disciplining a Bronx cop who was videotaped telling a motorist that Mayor de Blasio “wants us to give out summonses” — claiming Tuesday the officer was “speaking the truth.”
Pat Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said suspending the 46th Precinct beat cop was “a colossal politically motivated overreaction by the department.”
The cop — who has not been identified — faces charges of conduct unbecoming for an officer after he was caught on camera blaming de Blasio for the traffic summons he gave a motorist.
“Mayor de Blasio wants us to give out summonses, OK? All right? I don’t know if you voted for him or not,” the unidentified cop told the driver as he handed over the summons in the 11-second clip. “I wouldn’t have voted for him because this is what he wants, he wants us to give out summonses.”
The driver getting the ticket did not appear angry — and seemed to understand the cop’s apparent plight.
“I understand," the driver said. "It’s a hard job."
It was not immediately disclosed where and when this recorded exchange took place.
Lynch said “no formal discipline is warranted” against the cop.
JESSE WARD/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
|PBA President Pat Lynch said the department overreacted to the cop making comments about Mayor de Blasio.|
“Vision Zero limits officers’ discretion to issue warnings and puts further pressure on them to issue summonses, subjecting New Yorkers to expensive summonses that many cannot afford to pay,” Lynch said. “(It’s) an effort to save lives that boils down to police officers enforcing traffic laws. Suspending a police officer for speaking the truth about the reality of Vision Zero is a colossal politically motivated overreaction by the department.”
Lynch added that de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan “is a major reason that 89% of NYC police officers say that quotas still exist in the NYPD."
The Bronx officer was suspended from duty on Monday.
A high-ranking NYPD police source felt that the summons was warranted. The cop should have simply handed out the ticket without editorializing, the source said.
SUSAN WATTS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
|Mayor de Blasio said 2015 was the safest on city streets since 1910 — and credited his Vision Zero initiative.|
“He didn’t use any profanity or anything, but if you are going to hand out a ticket just do it. Don’t give a ticket out and then blame it on someone else.”
Calls to the NYPD and City Hall for comment were not immediately returned.
Under Vision Zero, the number of traffic-related fatalities fell to 231 in 2015 from 257 in 2014 — a drop of about 10% officials said.
Mayor de Blasio said 2015 was the safest on city streets since 1910 — and credited his Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eventually reduce traffic-related fatalities to zero.