Passaic Police Officer Tickets Woman Who Helped Get Baby Out of Locked Car.

3 08 2007

Reader Submitted Article

shame shame shamePassaic, NJ – As onlookers reacted with disgust, snapping photos and shaking their heads, a Passaic police officer ticketed a young woman in a minivan in front of Kosher Konnection Supermarket at 200 Main Ave. Her crime? Stopping to help her friend who had accidentally locked her baby in her car.

The story: A woman had exited her minivan, with the engine still running, and the keys still in the ignition, and went to the side door to take out her infant, who was strapped in its car seat. She closed the front door, and went around to the side. To her horror – the door was locked.

The woman began to cry, while a bystander called Hatzolah on her cell phone. The woman’s friend was passing by in her own minivan, and seeing her friend crying outside her car, stopped and got out of her car to see what was wrong and what she could do to help.

Hatzolah arrived and had the door unlocked in about two minutes, with a specialized unlocking kit. As the woman who had stopped to help and to calm her friend got back into her minivan – which had been double parked – to leave, a Passaic Police car pulled behind her, got out of his car, and asked her for her license, registration, and insurance cards.

The police officer returned to his car and proceeded to write a ticket. A Hatzolah member approached the officer, showed his ID and introduced himself, and politely explained that the woman had been helping with an emergency, and that when the officer had pulled up, she had been just about to pull away.

The officer responded that helping with an emergency is no excuse for blocking traffic.

Some bystanders politely pointed out to the officer that the woman had been ready to leave, and that the irony of it was that now the police officer was actually blocking more traffic than the woman had been!

The officer closed his window and finished writing the ticket. After about 10 minutes of causing huge traffic backups on Main Avenue, the officer handed the woman a ticket and quickly drove off.

If you want to verify this story, talk to the staff in Kosher Konnection who were there, or to the Hatzolah members who were there. (Editor’s Note: PCJN has indeed verified the story and found it to be accurate and true.) [Submitted Via E-mail]

Original story reported Here on PCJN. To submit an article, please send your properly written and verified article to: passaicnews AT yahoo.com

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12 responses

3 08 2007
Yosef

My wife was the one who received the ticket. The cop gave the famous line “I already started writing the ticket so there is nothing that I can do.”

3 08 2007
barbra

Disgraceful!

3 08 2007
Huh?

I would like to verify this story. Which Hatzolah members were there? Who can I speak to?

3 08 2007
Dina

This should be forwarded to the mayor’s office — you should plead not guilty and have pressure put to get it dismissed.

3 08 2007
joe

Huh? Says:
August 3rd, 2007 at 1:24 pm

I would like to verify this story. Which Hatzolah members were there? Who can I speak to?

Why don’t you speak to the workers at KK? I spoke to then and they told me it’s true.

5 08 2007
esther

I’ve also had a bad experience with a ticket from the Passaic Police. Anyone else who’s had problems please comment. Maybe we can show a trend.

14 08 2007
jones

Had this been on old-country road it may have been an emergency. Here in Passaic the citizens wouldn’t call this a true emergency, the police or fire departments could have been there in minutes. Parking at A1 nutrition or on the corner of palmer and main could have averted any hazardous situation. That’s a very busy intersection with a lot of traffic and I’m sure the double-parked car causes a big traffic jam.

23 08 2007
chilul Hashem

Please do not park in the A-1 lot unless an actual purchase was made there while you are parked. They specify clearly not to use the lot. Please make a kiddush Hashem.

18 12 2007
njems1

The thing that I don’t like about the jewish community is that they think they can get away with anything. If her friend had an emergency situation, it was not her busy. She blocked traffic because she wanted to be nosey. If I was blocking traffic and the police gave me a ticket, I would not be upset because I did it to myself. What was the big emergency that she had to stop in the middle of the street? Because her friend left the keys in the car? That is really a big emergency.

24 06 2008
On The Job....

Is the friend in the minivan an expert at all? Was she gonna be able to open the locked car door? Well, yes that officer could of used discretion being that she was assisting a friend but that was not an emergency that she would be able to assist with! And what if the baby just happen to have needed medical assistance and by double parking she caused other vehicles to back up thus not allowing emergency vehicles to arrive and assist.

26 08 2008
TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY DONT YOU PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH! STATE THE FACTS, THE CHILDREN WERE LEFT UNATTENDED IN THE VEHICLE AS SHE WAS SHOPPING IN THE STORE. THEN OOOPPPSSS, SHE LOCKED THE CHILDREN INSIDE OF THE VEHICLE. LUCKILY SHE ONLY RECEIVED A TICKET, SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLACED UNDER ARREST AND DYFS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED. THIS IS WHAT IS CALLED CHILD INDANGERMENT, WAY TO GO MOM. YOU GOT OFF EASY!

17 12 2008
hmmm...

Well, its a good thing she didn’t lock her keys in her car double parked and all. Being double parked on that part of main ave is not a smart idea because of all the traffic. She is lucky she didn’t cause an accident. The best thing she could have done was legally parked and then helped her friend. If the staff in kosher konnection where so concerned they should have called for assistance right away verus watching this women cry on the street. All in all I think it was a poor excuse for being double parked because she could have easily moved her car after passing her cell phone off.

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