New Sheriff in Chinatown

The Fifth Precinct in Lower Manhattan has a new commanding officer, a local boy, Dep. Inspector Gin Yee, and he’s not afraid to tow some cars, even if they belong to his co-workers. In fact, he’s already towed 15 cars, 12 of which belonged to NYPD officers. Downtown Express reports:

David Eng, who co-owns Fong Inn Too tofu shops on Mott and Division Sts., said he saw Yee confiscate a permit from what he thought was a court employee on Tuesday before ordering the car towed. "I think he instilled fear in him," Eng said.

Eng and Lee said the streets have been mostly clear for tourists and delivery trucks since Tuesday. Dep. Inspector Yee said he has also noticed the streets have been clearer since the crackdown.

"I’m glad this captain is willing to stick out his neck," said Eng. "I haven’t met him, but I heard he’s a Chinatown boy – he’s from the neighborhood; he cares about the community."

Yee said the crackdown was his decision but he has the support of Police Plaza. A police spokesperson said he had not heard about Yee’s crackdown. He said it sounded good, before cracking a joke. "He’s towing placards now? Cool," said the spokesperson, who did not give his name. "How are we going to get to work?"

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