Police Cart Burns Near Pier 1

Karl and his cam were on hand around noon today when a small NYPD vehicle caught fire on the path next to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, producing an impressive plume of smoke. He was able to get some good video until one of the gens d’armes (Hey! It’s Bastille Day) objected (update: to use a favorite Finkism, objected err somethin’). Video after the jump.

NYPD shoos Karl away from harm.

Publisher’s note: We would like to thank the NYPD officer who asked Karl to stop video taping the fire.  While commenters here seem to think the officer was attempting to stomp out coverage of a local news event,  we can only assume that the officer was only very concerned about Mr. J’s safety and we thank him.  Seriously folks, Karl wasn’t dancing or anything like that.

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  • Mr. Crusty

    So by a show of hands how many think Regina will do the right thing and apologize to the officer she called a “pig” and one of “NY Fattest” now that we know he didn’t try to stop any videotaping but was just doing his job and looking out for the safety of a citizen.


    Regina you are the type of low life sleeze that just likes to hurl insults at hard working civil servants because of some simplistic political agenda that makes you feel superior. I have nothing but utter contempt for you.

  • Scrambler

    The name calling is out of control. Have a little respect people. Would you talk like that to Regina face to face? I highly doubt it. Why do it on the Internet? Does that make it ok?

  • Mr. Crusty

    Hey scrambler, i didnt start this name calling, Regina, with practically no information at all, called an officer a “pig”. And even after it was pointed out to jer that the officer was not stopping videotaping, she doubled down and called him a member of NY Fattest. Charging ain’t she?

    I’m sorry she does not deserve my respect nor will she get it. She is a reprehensible little slimebag that is getting what she deserves. And to answer your question if I would say that to her face, nothing would give me greater pleasure.

  • BH’er

    So, if a police officer tells you to stop filming, but you don’t – is there anything he can (legally) do?

    i.e. anyone can tell you to do anything they want – it only becomes illegal or a problem when they try to enforce the instruction… so, a cop can tell you to stop filming, but he really only does something wring when he forces you to stop

    so, maybe he was embarrassed that his buggy was on fire and didn’t really want other officers to see it on film. So, he told Karl to stop taping. But, had he continued, the cop probably wouldn’t have had any recourse

    If his concern had been for safety, I imagine he wouldn’t have been worried about the tape running – he would have simply ushered people (Karl) away from the fire

  • Mr. Crusty

    Karl Junkersfeld said, ” I never got the feeling that I had to stop videotaping”

    Why are people insisting otherwise? Karl was asked to move back from a vehicle that was on fire. That’s what cops are supposed to do.

  • WillowtownCop

    No cop wants to be the pig in one of those horrible boxes. They flip over at 30 MPH. I suspect his only concern was the trouble he was about to get in from some blowhard sergeant who will blame him for the Department’s crappy equipment because now he has a lot of useless paperwork to do. The cop will be on foot until there’s a spot for him in “retraining.”

  • WillowtownCop

    As for videotaping police work normally, go right ahead and film what you like, but don’t whine when the cops seize it as evidence.

  • BH’er

    if that were my car, I wouldn’t want to be caught on film, either – especially if it were on fire!

  • BH’er

    p.s. there was a pretty big fire at South St Seaport this weekend – any story or pictures, guys??

    we’re upset about a little cop-mobile while the FDNY fire boats were extinguishing a smoky blaze straight across the water