2010-08-20 / Letters

Police Won’t Stop Media Vultures

Dear Editor,

I am writing to protest the total failure and refusal of the 100 Precinct to enforce the law against the media vultures who literally took over the beach block on Beach 128 Street from Monday, August 9 to Thursday, August 12, 2010. We were literally held hostage during the media takeover, and could not obtain a police response despite hundreds of calls to the 100 Precinct.

A smaller number of vultures remain illegally parked in the clearly marked Fire Zone, and they trespass at will, block driveways, hydrants and drive like maniacs.

Parents were forced to keep small children inside for days; seniors were afraid to go out; and we were all taught an important lesson in Life: the law only applies equally to everyone on paper.

In real life the NYPD is a political animal and we residents have no recourse because this is the Rockaways and neither the Mayor nor Ray Kelly give a damn about us or our rights. If this was East 64th Sreet between Park and Lex where the Mayor’s friends live, there would be a police response.

I learned that Pablo Guzman is only a nice guy on the air, and the rest were worse. They would literally run as a group, with cameras on tripods, as if it was a rugby scrum, even through and over anyone in their path, even on private property.

I also learned that the 100 Precinct is completely indifferent to the residents of the 100 Precinct. We have to obey the law but privileged outsiders do not.

Of course it would have been different if Slater lived on Judge Glasser’s block.

The media locusts will move on after they’ve exhausted the food supply of the Steven Slater story.

Our anger and resentment will last forever.


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Howard, When you say "media


When you say "media vultures" of what carcass were they feeding on? What may have been in your face seems odd when you complain about it out of context.

I agree, all should be subject to the laws that govern all of us when it comes to the rules of the roads in NYC. The "media" does have some protection however, with permits that allow short term parking privileges that mirror that of the police themselves.

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