Queens cop has his license suspended

Remember the Queens cop who broke several traffic laws and gave a contempt-of-cop citation to a city councilman who called him out on it? Here’s an update from CBS:

There is justice for residents who have allegedly been terrorized by a Queens traffic agent.

CBS 2 HD first told you about Officer Daniel Chu, who is accused of badgering drivers and breaking traffic laws just to buy coffee.

Now, CBS 2 HD has learned he’s been docked pay and punished.

Chu has lost his ticket to ride.

“It’s clear that the department is doing what it should to make sure that someone who is an unsafe driver isn’t out there endangering pedestrians, endangering other drivers,” said Councilman Daniel Halloran, R-Whitestone.

Chu is now on foot patrol, barred from using a traffic department squad car, after Halloran caught him breaking enough traffic laws to get his license suspended – speeding, going through stop signs, using flashing emergency lights to get a cup of coffee, plus:

“He was on a cell phone without a hands-free device,” Halloran said.

That adds up to 18 points on your license. You lose it at 11. Chu apparently didn’t like being caught and so he whipped out a ticket book and gave the councilman a ticket on what Halloran said were trumped up charges.

After CBS 2 HD’s first report, people came out of the woodwork to complain about agent Chu and what they called his terror tactics in handing out tickets.

“Ranging from funeral processions to pregnant woman to people who have been boxed in even when their time hadn’t expired at meters,” Halloran said.

In addition to being put on foot patrol, Chu was given a command discipline, lost vacation time and was ordered to undergo sensitivity training.

But Tim Dillon, a former NYPD cop who was a pallbearer at Gleason’s Funeral Home when Chu ticketed cars in the funeral procession, said Chu got off with a slap on the wrist.

“That was just the epitome of lowlife, the way he did that. And the way he spoke to the people, cursing the people, flicking a cigarette at them at a time of sorrow for them,” Dillon said.

“It’s dumbfounding. You just can’t understand why someone would want to upset a family that’s going though a mourning process.”

The only thing the Police Department refused to do was dismiss the councilman’s ticket. He went to court Wednesday and got a judge to throw it out, proving you can fight City Hall.

Halloran said agent Chu is an example of a larger problem in the city, overly aggressive traffic agents giving out summonses to help boost revenue.

Personally, I think this guy should have lost his job. He flagrantly violated the laws that he is supposed to uphold and abused his power in order to punish someone who spoke out about it. He has zero business being a police officer. I really doubt that “sensitivity training” is going to change this guy’s attitude.

But at least he’ll have to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts from now on.


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