A New York traffic enforcement officer this weekend accused an FBI agent of handcuffing him and injuring his shoulder after the agent became angry about getting a ticket.
The New York Daily News reports traffic agent Dipankar Dipu says he wrote Kenneth Diu a ticket for parking between a metered spot and a bus stop.
“I can’t say what made him react so unprofessionally,” Dipu told the Daily News. “I was just doing my job. Why he assaulted me and humiliated me in front of people, I don’t know. I’m just suffering as a result.”
Dipu said the FBI agent’s vehicle had tinted windows and he could not see that someone was sitting inside. He placed a ticket on the windshield. That’s when Diu came out and demanded he void the citation.
Dipu said he would not have written the ticket if he had known Diu was an FBI agent on a stakeout.
“He was very arrogant,” said Dipu, who is from Bangladesh. “He became angry with me, yelling at me to ‘Void the ticket! Void the ticket! You have to void the ticket!’”
Dipu told Diu that wasn’t possible, but advised him to speak with his supervisor.
Dipu said Diu grabbed the machine from him, locked himself in his car, and somehow managed to void his own ticket.
“He just pushed me forcefully on the bonnet of his car and put both of my hands behind my back forcefully,” Dipu said. “It was just so humiliating. People were looking all around and I could hear people talking about me. I felt so down at the time.”
Police showed up and everyone went to a nearby precinct where Diu paid the ticket.
The FBI declined to comment. The NYPD said the investigation is ongoing.
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