From The New York Shitty Inbox: Riot Police Under The BQE?

Christine (who took all the photographs gracing this post) writes:

Tons of cops at RUMBLERS car show.

Escorting cars out … Skaters at the other end are fine but cars being guided out

The word is a “hells angel” punched a cop…

Shirt says when in doubt knock out… Maybe not a cop…

UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: All is quiet…

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: I have the 411 about what happened from D. I. Hurson himself! He writes:

Miss Heather I noticed you have pictures of the car show. The event was larger then allowed. They were permitted for only two blocks but it stretched from Union to Manhattan ave. Several cars and motorcycles started drag racing.  I ordered the event closed early and dispersed the crowd we made two arrest and issued numerous summonses. We will not allow them to get a permit next year.

UPDATE, August 21, 2011 12:20 p.m.: An anonymous tipster writes:

Hi, I would like it if you could add the following video to your story of the police shutting down the Rumblers car show on Saturday, August 20th, 2011. In the commanding officer’s statement he said that he ordered the show to be shut down due to “Several cars and motorcycles started drag racing.” Yet in this youtube video clip (Which dates from 2008 —Ed. Note), the police are the ones doing a burn out, and driving recklessly through a crowded street at The Rumblers Car Show.

Miss Heather


9 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: Riot Police Under The BQE?

  1. bleibtreu on Sat, 20th Aug 2011 4:32 pm
  2. The “When in doubt…” is a Hell’s Angels “Local 81” (Manhattan) t-shirt.

  3. SpillConspirator on Sat, 20th Aug 2011 10:03 pm
  4. My daughter in laws baby shower was a block away. So I saw the event in the early afternoon. The cars were beautiful. And it may have been a beautiful event in another location. But I could tell that this event was doomed. The event was way too big to be located along a highly traffiked street. Especially along Meeker. It took my son over a half hour to drive from one side of Meeker to the other. People were walking in the streets like they were on a country road. Even on Meeker. There was ALOT of beer cans out in the open (along Meeker). I don’t know if people were allowed to sit in the cars, but I saw a guy sitting in a car while drinking a beer. I don’t blame the precinct for closing them down. I think they should’ve done it earlier.

  5. GP1115 on Sun, 21st Aug 2011 1:03 pm
  6. RE: D.I. Hurson’s comment. I was there there was aboslutely noone drag racing at the actual event. The car show was under the BQE, you are talking about something that happened outside the event. Maybe the police should have done a better job in the area surrounding the event. I can attest that fun was being had by all under the BQE, from Kids straight up to people in their 70’s. It’s a shame that the police had to shut down a show, that so many people love, and which also brings alot of business to the community.

  7. bleibtreu on Sun, 21st Aug 2011 3:56 pm
  8. The video clip of the police car burnout is from 2008, so not really relevant to this story.

  9. missheather on Sun, 21st Aug 2011 4:18 pm
  10. Methinks what this chap is getting at is the authorities have engaged in conduct which the Rumblers got in trouble for. In this respect it is relevant. This having been written the stuff I am hearing from folks who were present varies wildly. Some say this year’s event was no different than last year; others say they were relieved it was shut down.

  11. rdnnyc on Mon, 22nd Aug 2011 11:14 am
  12. I live at Skillman and Union and I have been leaving town to avoid this event since I suffered through my first Rumblers shitshow outside my window several years ago. I hate it and I am beyond thrilled they’ve been shut down. They start revving their engines and drag racing before 8 a.m. every freaking year despite what GP1115 claims in the comments. The day long smell of burning rubber is disgusting. This year as I was driving out of town to escape on Saturday morning I noticed that it had grown exponentially larger from the years before. This would be a great event held in a parking lot somewhere that is not bordering a busy entrance onto the BQE and especially not in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I really hope that the authorities stick to their guns and refuse to reissue a permit in 2012.

  13. GP1115 on Mon, 22nd Aug 2011 9:16 pm
  14. rdnnyc, you suffered, please! The bottom line is that there was absolutely no e=reason for the show to be shut down. Everything was Great under the BQE. What happens outside the show, is exactly that, outside the show… I think what you meant to say was that you are upset that the police did not do there job…. And I know firsthand that your “being thrilled they’ve been shutdown” differs from many of your neighbors, and business owners in the area who benefit from this event.

  15. GP1115 on Mon, 22nd Aug 2011 9:19 pm
  16. The police should be ashamed of their over-reaction, and shutting down an event that had nothing to do with an incident on the street. Is N.Y.C. becoming a Police State? They also shut down Union Pool for a few hours, nothing happened there…..N.Y.C. is going down the drain. They scared alot of little kids with their “show of force” and threats….I hope you’re proud.

  17. GP1115 on Wed, 7th Sep 2011 8:37 am
  18. People shot at West Indian day parade, gunshots year after year, and they get permits consistantly….weird?

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