NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD vehicle was deliberately covered in trash Halloween Night in Brownsville.
A small group of residents laugh, some of them taunting two officers cleaning up the latest show of disrespect to law enforcement in New York City.
One is heard in a cell phone video saying “trick or treat” followed by a slur.
The officers show restraint as they clear trash filled boxes, broken eggs, and other rotting food.
“A lot of people call 911 in this neighborhood. They’re holding us up,” one officer replied.
The two officers were responding to a domestic dispute call in a nearby building and were upstairs long enough for their vehicle to be messed up like that.
Where the NYPD vehicle was parked, on the corner of East 95th Street at Clarkson Avenue, is in front of a bodega where Ahmed Naji works.
He says he saw it, that the vandals are adults, but did not give us detailed descriptions.
The bodega’s cameras face away from the parking spot and did not catch the suspects in the act.
Before the cell phone video starts, Naji tells CBS2 the officers walked up to find some of the trash burning.
“It was eggs and things put on it and also the boxes they were set on over fire,” Naji said.
“It’s not funny it’s stupid,” the worker’s brother added.
Increasingly police are targets for disrespect, mischief, and worse – with at least five water dousing incidents caught on video over the summer.
This was on the mind of President Trump as he tweeted Friday that he’ll switch his primary residence from New York to Florida.
“Our great police are being disrespected, even with water dumped on them, because a mayor and governor just don’t have their backs,” the president declared.
“New York’s Finest must be cherished, respected and loved.”
Repeatedly, Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo have condemned acts targeting cops and said officers are owed more respect.
“It’s not a prank in any sense of imagination. I mean, what they do is they slow the response time down to this patrol car or wherever they need to be which puts the public safety in danger,” retired NYPD Detective Sergeant Joseph Giacalone told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.
Some neighbors have a message for the people heard in the video laughing at the officers.
“Somebody should’ve helped instead of take the video,” Paris Massey said.
The car itself wasn’t damaged, according to the NYPD, who say they are still looking for suspects and added more patrols to the neighborhood.