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Beep compares Twitter user to KKK after calling out placard abuse

The turning lane on Jay Street at Tillary Street Downtown had three cars illegally parked with police placards in a No Standing Anytime zone on Wednesday afternoon.
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Borough President Eric Adams likened a social media user to the Ku Klux Klan after slamming the beep for his weak stance on placard parking abuse in Downtown Brooklyn.

Twitter user CorruptBrooklyn accused Adams and Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Downtown) of cowardice in failing to condemn police for parking illegally in a Jay Street turning lane at Tillary Street.

“It’s a sad day in Brooklyn when our own borough president @BPEricAdams is too scared to say that it’s wrong for the police to park in a TURNING LANE. That shouldn’t be a bold statement in 2019. Same goes to you @StephenLe­vin33,” the user wrote.

Brooklyn’s commander-in-chief fired back at his critic for the anonymous gripe, bizarrely comparing him to the southern white nationalist group notorious for terrorizing and murdering black men, women, and children throughout the late 19th and most of the 20th century.

“Not sure of what you are talking about but the greatest level of fear is reflected in people who hide their faces while throwing insults. My life work speaks of my courage. Your hidden face is in the tradition of others who hid themselves with white hoods,” Adams wrote on Twitter.

The beep’s surprise attack failed to cow his online opponent, who said Adams has allowed illegal placard parking to persist just a stone’s throw away from Borough Hall ever since he took office more than five years ago.

“Instead of a lane of turning cars, there are parked cars, with MTA vests, Police placards, etc. This has been going on since 2014. No amount of 311 reports or complaints to the [Department of Investigation] have gone anywhere,” CorruptBrooklyn tweeted.

This reporter found three cars illegally parked at the Jay Street turning lane Wednesday afternoon, including two vehicles sporting Police Department placards and another where the driver had amazingly placed the results of his 2018 Police Officer Exam on the dashboard of his car! He passed with a B-, which is apparently good enough to park in the no-standing zone scot free — neither of the three cars had received parking tickets.

Adams — a former cop, who is now running for mayor — has positioned himself as an advocate for safer streets in the past and recently one-upped current-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Green Wave” bike plan by saying the city should accelerate the installation of bike lanes and CitiBike stations throughout the borough.

“It’s clear we need to go further on street safety, further than the ‘Green Wave’ plan or any of our existing Vision Zero efforts,” Adams said in response to the death of a cyclist in Sunset Park on July 29.

But one advocate said that reforming the city’s placard system was key to getting more cars off the road and making the streets safer.

“Part of limiting and reducing number of cars is reforming the placard system,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Joseph Cutrufo. “Special privileges for drivers regardless who they are is a thing of the past.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Adams doubled down on his statements — but added that he would host an open community meeting on placard abuse, at Borough Hall next week.

“I’m true to what I say,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will always be open for engaging in real civic dialogue. No matter the issue, we solve it better together.”

Both a spokesperson for Stephen Levin’s office and the Police Department’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Borough President Eric Adams will host the meeting on placard abuse and related issues at Borough Hall on Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to RSVP online.

Following Adam’s online tirade, CorruptBrooklyn changed their Twitter profile to read “Jewish, Activist, a member of the KKK according to Eric Adams.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 12:45 pm, August 29, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Somebody from Somewhere says:
The only solution to this is to just let people park wherever they want, as long as they're not blocking any fire hydrants or driveways.
Aug. 28, 2019, 6:52 pm
Lee says:
The boro pres office citywide and public advocate is a waste of taxpayers money. A mayor and city council is adequate.
Aug. 28, 2019, 7:19 pm
Local from Here says:
As we can see from the comments on this site, the bike nazi trolls are vehemently racist when they are cloaked in anonymity. The BP is spot on in his assessment.
Aug. 28, 2019, 7:49 pm
Lee says:
This bp thinks he is the mayor of brooklyn. The office has become a joke since the charter revision. And where is it stated the race of the drivers with the placards?
Aug. 28, 2019, 8:35 pm
Barbara Seville says:
The KKK was Started by the Democrat party, Adams’ party. BLM is a modern day KKK. Bottom line for mr. Adams is that your beloved tolerant party is all about lies, violence and hate.
Aug. 28, 2019, 9:13 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
On Brooklyn bridge blvd aka Adams Street aka Boerum place cars are parked on both sides of the roadway in a marked safety zone with cars encroaching on the active roadway..
Aug. 28, 2019, 11:07 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
The kkk was started by Nathan Bedford Forrest who was the commander of troops that massacred black soldiers at fort pillow. The democratic party of that time bares no relationship to the democratic party today.Just of the party of A Lincoln bares no relationship to the republic party today - the party supporting Putin
Aug. 28, 2019, 11:15 pm
Jaqueline McQuay says:
He tries to hide his corruption by accusing others of racism! What a nightmare!
Aug. 29, 2019, 2:46 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
And there went any respect I had left for Eric Adams. ACAB, even when they take of that shiny bit of micro-penis over compensation they wave around in everyone's face. Sounds like he should cool off with a cold shower.
Aug. 29, 2019, 7:10 am
Somebody from Somewhere says:
Thank you brooklyn paper for exposing yourselves. You can put your hoods back on now.
Aug. 29, 2019, 7:59 am
Local from Here says:
All Cops Are Basturds and all trump supporters are racist, remember that folks!
Aug. 29, 2019, 8:32 am
Barbara Seville says:
Sorry ‘Sid’ but D emocrats are the party of the KKK, BLM, An tifa. They are the party that opposed school integration in Alabama and Little Rock. They are the party that opposes free speech today and promotes fake news as fact. They are moving toward Soc ialism and soon Full-out Fa scism. Any normal person would be running away from what this party has become.
Aug. 29, 2019, 8:41 am
Sid from Boerum hill says:
Barbra while old that is true the Democratic party has evolved while the Republican party has devolv ed into traitors and sycophants.
Aug. 29, 2019, 9:36 am
Barbara Seville says:
I don't care ‘Sid’, I still hate the six and blax. Filthy animals!
Aug. 29, 2019, 10:09 am
Barbara Seville says:
*Spix, sorry for the typo.
Aug. 29, 2019, 10:10 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Much ado about nothing. All BP Adams did was call out a wannabe troll who lurks in the peanut gallery. And he countered back with substance - a much-needed forum on placard abuse. People who actually care about the issue should attend the September 3rd meeting at Borough Hall.
Aug. 29, 2019, 11:19 am
Barbara Seville says:
Sorry ‘Sid’ but you just have to stop watching Rachel Madcow and Don Lemonade. Republicans are the new liberals while the Democrats have become something very sinister and evil. #walkaway where everyone of all backgrounds are patriotic Americans and support each other no matter what. You seriously need to be red pilled.
Aug. 29, 2019, 2:43 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I won't argue that placard abuse needs to be stopped. Unfortunately, many of those who fighting to keep their placards and abuse do have a good connections, which will make it very hard for others to understand what is really going on here. The original idea of the placards was that it was meant to allow for a certain people to park in places that it was designated for, not become a get out of parking ticket or tow away free card. Just hearing this is sort of the reason to why I'm against the idea of residential parking permits, because of the fear that they can become abused to.
Aug. 29, 2019, 2:51 pm
NakedHiker from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Oh, Eric! I was thinking of voting for you for mayor in 2021, but not now ...
Aug. 29, 2019, 3:03 pm
Bertrand from Cobble Hill says:
BP Adams has remained free from Democratic hate-monging. What's happened to him? What does errant parking have to do with cross burning? What's happened to cant-free Adams? This is a shame. He was refreshingly straight, unlike our ever-racebaiting mayor.
Aug. 29, 2019, 3:21 pm
Barbara Seville says:
Eric Adams is a joke, he could barely speak proper English!
Aug. 29, 2019, 4:30 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
August is really the silly season.
Aug. 29, 2019, 5:44 pm
mike from carroll gardens says:
is it just me, but it seems everything with Adams is about race, racism, stereotyping, and this is a guy who founded a group within the NYPD focused exclusively on black cops. He speaks diversity yet his deputy borough president is a black woman, couldn't find a Latina or a white woman? 75% of borough hall is black.
Sept. 5, 2019, 9:52 am

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