Last month I reported the NYPD's abusive practice of illegal parking, misuse of NYPD issued placards for their personal vehicles and filing false 311 reports on illegally parked vehicles. I also reported a Twitter user @Placardabuse who (in addition to the aforementioned issues) has been after the NYPD for illegal license plate covers (to evade tolls and violation cameras) as well as emission cheats (cops allowing their personal vehicles to lapse in their NY State Emissions stickers).
Well the NYPD was caught on camera by the syndicated news program, Inside Edition yesterday, and license plate covers could not be blurred for the TV cameras this time. Lisa Guerrero who swoops down for the kill like a hawk against the bad guys posted a brilliant and outstanding investigative story for Inside Edition on the NYPD's rampant use of illegal license plate covers on the officer's and supervisor's personal cars. Ms. Guerrero counted at least 100 personal vehicles owned/leased by NYPD law enforcement personnel having the plate covers, most of them park in and around 1 Police Plaza (and there are many more like these in the NYPD's Precincts, Transit and Housing Precincts). This apparently was triggered by a story by the Gothamist website (kudos to them too). The NYPD "claims" they are aware of the situation and issued approx 12 summonses to NYPD law enforcement vehicle owners - - must be a joke because that's 12 percent of the estimated 100 vehicles which Ms. Guerrero saw. Oh the NYPD claims they are "addressing" the issue - - more lies since they were addressing this license plate cover issue with cops in 2011 and 2014
Now for the placard of the day (see photos below) - - an NYPD vehicle with an expired from 2011 placard (5 years ago) - - so the NYPD's crackdown on bogus, stolen and abused parking placards going as far back as 2008 to 2011 with at one point over half of placards are fake or abused is definitely not working. Wait a minute, this abuse was happening in 1999. And the NYPD's promise last year to clean up parking placard abuse is all fake promises by the NYPD as Placard Abuse, and others like me are still seeing the rampant parking abuse by NYPD officers.
Another follow up report coming soon.