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Outraged residents demand cop's job

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 5:48 AM
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The traffic agent accused of terrorizing Queens residents is the source of more outrage.

CBS 2 first told you about Agent Daniel Chu, who was ordered to undergo sensitivity training for badgering drivers. Now, there's a new complaint that has some calling for his job.

There are some things you just can't change, and too-big-for-his-britches Traffic Agent Daniel Chu appears to be one of them.

"I'm very angry. I'm very annoyed that someone like that works for the city, that our tax dollars pay for someone like that to be employed," Tammy Fox, of New Rochelle, said.

Tammy Fox is Agent Chu's latest victim. She was in the dirt near Elmhurst Hospital, trying to fix her flat tire, when Agent Chu sauntered up. Instead of offering help, like most New Yorkers would, he slapped her with a ticket.

"I said to him, 'are you kidding me? You're very insensitive. I'm going to visit my friend in the hospital who had cancer, and I'm trying to fix my flat tire, and you're standing here writing me a ticket?'" Fox said.

Tammy hit the nail on the head when she used the word insensitive. The very day she got the ticket, CBS 2 told you that NYPD brass docked Chu's pay and ordered him into sensitivity training for a raft of run-ins with the public and Queens Councilman Daniel Halloran.

"Apparently, the sensitivity training didn't work," Councilman Halloran said.

Halloran caught Agent Chu breaking enough traffic laws to lose his license – speeding, going through stop signs, using flashing lights, talking on a cell phone – just to get a cup of coffee. Halloran then received hundreds of complaints from constituents about Agent Chu, who even reportedly slapped tickets on members of a funeral procession.

"[The latest incident] demonstrates this particular traffic agent has no business being in a uniform," Halloran said. "You have an obligation to the citizens. Someone, a female, a young female fixing her car by herself, at the foot of her tire that's flat, and you're going to write a summons? It's absolutely the wrong message.

"I'm absolutely outraged that the police department could consider keeping this man in a uniform at any location," Halloran said. "He belongs riding a desk somewhere."

Councilman Halloran says Agent Chu's behavior is so bad, the Civilian Complaint Review Board should be expanded to include complaints against traffic agents.

The NYPD did not return CBS 2's requests for comment.



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