NEW YORK CITY, NY — An 84-year-old man was hospitalized after he incorrectly crossed the street and could not understand the commands of NYPD officers who wanted to adjust his lawless behavior.
Kang Wong crossed 96th Street near Broadway and was spotted by a policeman who ordered him to halt. Wong, who lives blocks away, had allegedly broken a city ordinance against crossing without a street light’s permission.
“The guy didn’t seem to speak English,” said Ian King, who witnessed the incident. King told the New York Post, “[The officer] stood him up against the wall and was trying to write him a ticket. The man didn’t seem to understand, and he started walking away.”
That’s when police went hands-on: “The cop tried to pull him back, and that’s when he began to struggle with the cop,” King explained. “As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.”
The octogenarian ended up bloodied and battered in the street after NYPD saw him as a threat. He was detained in handcuffs and hospitalized.
The New York Post tells the rest:
“Oh, great! Beating up on an 84-year-old man for jaywalking,’’ [said Wong’s son].
Neither the hospital nor the cops would allow him to see his dad until after 10 p.m., explaining that since he’d not been admitted, he was not a patient, but a “prisoner.’’
Early Monday, cops fingerprinted Wong and charged him with jaywalking, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. He went home, accompanied by several family members, with a desk-appearance ticket.
“Everyone does it. Heck, the cops do it,” said Emily Skeggs, another pedestrian who was fined by New York’s nannying police force.
One would have to rhetorically question whether New York City has more important things to do than punish old men for walking across the street. The city was recently ordered to pay an extraordinary $18 million settlement for violating the rights of hundreds of protesters at the RNC. Perhaps the city is stepping up its revenue generation efforts to cover for its own criminality.