After a hard morning, busting his butt to meet the city's traffic ticket quota, New York Police Officer Daniel Chu needed a delicious maple cream donut and an icy Coolata coffee.
It all began when a city councilman allegedly caught the agent doing something extremely illegal: using his flashing red lights, and speeding, to buy coffee!
It wasn't a red light camera, but a red-haired councilman who caught traffic agent Daniel Chu red-handed, waltzing out of a Dunkin Donuts the other day with a cup of coffee.
Now some would call Officer Chu's behavior stereotypic, but I'll point out that Officer Chu, a member of New York's finest, could have sped through traffic, run through stop signs, and endangered pedestrians on his way to any pastry shop. It didn't have to be a Dunkin Donuts.
And of course Officer Chu's behavior, after being caught on camera, was hardly stereotypic. Most policeman love and respect the law, so it was hardly typical of Officer Chu to cite New York Councilman Daniel Halloran with a criminal charge of, um, taking pictures of a policeman walking out of Dunkin Donuts carrying a box of delicious donuts and a sweet cool Coolata brand iced coffee.
Chu apparently didn't like being caught on candid camera, so he whipped out his ticket book and handed the councilman a $165 ticket for what Halloran says are trumped-up charges.
"He says, 'you're going to take pictures of me? Well, I'm going to write you a summons,'" Halloran said.
Of course, we weren't there. We can't judge this brave, fine, decorated officer for his actions. He might have been suffering from a hypoglycemia attack. He must have needed those mouth-watering donuts. Or he might have been having a bad day.
It turns out that Officer Chu has something of a history in the neighborhood. Former NYPD cop Tim Dillon told CBS 2 he was a pallbearer at Gleason's Funeral Home when Chu showed up.
"The family was getting ready to transfer the body from the funeral home to the church," Dillon said. "The traffic agent felt that they were all double-parked. There was a confrontation – he started yelling and screaming at the family members.
"Traffic Agent Chu had a cigarette in his mouth, screaming at everybody. He took his cigarette and flicked it toward the area of the family and indiscriminately just started scanning the cars up and down, cursing at them, yelling at them," Dillon said.
Ok, a really bad day. But always remember, brave policemen like Daniel Chu protect us. They're the Thin Blue Line that stands between ordinary people, like you and me, and traffic felons, unlicensed funeral mourners, and criminal photographers.
But for the policeman, we'd have anarchy in the streets.