1999-08-21 / Front Page

Cop Tickets Firefighter

Argument Causes Scene

Beach 116 street merchants and shoppers were shocked early Thursday evening, August 12, to see several police cars respond to a call for assistance from a 100 Precinct cop caught in the crossfire of an argument over his issuance of a parking summons to an on-duty firefighter.

Ticket writing police officers have incited the ire of at least some local firefighters assigned to the Beach 116 fire station, located on the busiest merchant strip on the west end of the peninsula.

Last Thursday evening tempers flared when one on-duty firefighter received a summons for parking at an expired meter from one of the 100 Precinct’s police officers specifically assigned to ticket patrol.

According to witnesses to the fracas, a shouting match between firefighters and the ticketing officer, prompted the officer to call for assistance. Captain Cea, Executive Officer of the 100 Precinct told The Wave Wednesday that it was his understanding that his officer called for a supervisor to respond to the scene, and that the many other patrol cars that arrived were probably just trying to find out what was going on.

According to Captain Cea and firefighters assigned to the Beach 116 street firehouse, no physical confrontation took place. Cea also said that the police captains have met with the local fire chief since last Thursday’s incident, and that they don’t expect any future repercussions.

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