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Suspicious activity in New York ignored by police
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Suspicious activity in New York ignored by police

Hartford -- A man from Vernon was recently driving through New York when he saw something suspicious but when he called police to alert them he says no one seemed to care.

A few days ago, Mike Maney was on his weekly trip from Vernon to Northern New Jersey to pick up merchandise. He was waiting in traffic at the approach to the George Washington Bridge when he noticed three men in the car next to him with a camera.

"I came across a vehicle sitting across from us in traffic, with three middle eastern looking men in it, with a very small palm video camera,"said Maney,"... sat across from them for a minimum of 20 minutes and the entire time they were filming structures of the tunnels and the bridge."

Once the men spotted Maney watching, they appeared to become suspicious of him.

"The first time they saw me he instantly put the camera down in his lap and rolled the window up,"he said," ... and every time he got a car length in front of me the camera came back out and he went back to filming.

Maney says he dialed 911 from his cell and he expected a big response.

"We figured the bridge would be shut down with the information I gave them,"he said.

Maney says he gave dispatchers a description of the vehicle, and a license plate number but the calls made little progress because no one was sure who was supposed to respond.

"The woman on the other line who was a sergeant said 'well we're just not sure that was our jurisdiction,' which really disgusted me,"he said.

Maney followed the car across the bridge into New Jersey and eventually onto the Jersey Turnpike where it disappeared, without ever being stopped by a police officer.

"I was on the phone with 911, gave them a description of the vehicle, make, model, license plate number, what they were wearing, what the camera looked like, I mean literally sitting next to them in bumper to bumper traffic,"he said," .... in New York, on the bridge and going all the way to New Jersey to the New Jersey turnpike where we turned off."

A spokesman for the New York State Police says the bridge is not in their jurisdiction and that the call would have been turned over to Port Authority police officers, who typically should have responded.

Mike Maney says he is sure a mistake was made.

"The first person who took my phone call should have taken it seriously, have somebody respond, pull the people over and see whether it was legit,"he said.

Eyewitness news called the Port Authority police, the FBI in New Haven, New York and Washington, and the Department of Homeland Security but none of the agencies have returned the calls.
 

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...one would wonder if this is only part of what happened on that day. I would like to think that with what is going on in the world that law enforcement would put aside jurisdictional issues and at least check out a potential security issue... especially in the New York area! As we all know, the press doesn't exactly always tell the entire story.
 
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It could have been blown off. On the other hand, how do we know the truck wasn't under surveillance ( or soon would be because of the call). How many times has an undercover operation almost been compromised due to a concerned citizen who is overzealous?
 

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MSP75 @ 8/3/2004 7:08:03 PM said:
It could have been blown off. On the other hand, how do we know the truck wasn't under surveillance ( or soon would be because of the call). How many times has an undercover operation almost been compromised due to a concerned citizen who is overzealous?
You think that this caller was overzealous? All he did was what many of us tell folks to do everyday, if you see something suspicious call us and let us know. It is sad that so many of us our this complacent about incidents like this. I feel that the call and a follow up investigation was warranted but that's just my opinion.
 
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I just don't like the fact that he expected the bridge to be shut down. That alone makes me think that this was some guys half ass attempt to show that he pays attention, try to be a hero of some sort, get his claim to fame. The media loves, just craves situations like this,especially when they can make police officers look incompetent. (But if anything,i would sorry for the dispatcher. Why was she taking calls from that area but did not know what agency to send ? But thats still no excuse.)But if thats what it takes to get info from the public, then hey, i just wish there were more hero wannabees out there. But still that alone does not excuse the fact that this was not investigated as in this day and time all calls to report activity of that nature should be investigated, just in the interest of public safety.

Besides, why would you want them to close the bridge, full of cars, one of them possibly full of terrorists? What if they would have had a bomb? I don't know about you but i would not want to be stuck on a crowded bridge that possibly has a bomb on it-they betta let me off!!! Now that could have been tragic.
 

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Copfrmny @ 04 Aug 2004 03:17 said:
But still that alone does not excuse the fact that this was not investigated as in this day and time all calls to report activity of that nature should be investigated, just in the interest of public safety.
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I don't know about you but i would not want to be stuck on a crowded bridge that possibly has a bomb on it-they betta let me off!!! Now that could have been tragic.
That's why the car should be shot full of holes and let God (allah?) figure it out
 
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Gil @ Tue 03 Aug said:
You think that this caller was overzealous? All he did was what many of us tell folks to do everyday, if you see something suspicious call us and let us know. It is sad that so many of us our this complacent about incidents like this. I feel that the call and a follow up investigation was warranted but that's just my opinion.
Cease Fire! I don't mean that he should not have called. I feel that he did his part in reporting it. He has no idea 1) how the police were going to handle it or 2) that an agency may have already been monitoring the situation. If the caller had issues about the phone conversation he should have taken it up with the agency, not blurt it all over the press.
I was just giving law enforcement/intelligence the benefit of the doubt (since no one else does).
 

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MSP75 @ 8/4/2004 7:40:46 PM said:
Cease Fire!
:lol: Cease Fire? lol it was only a question.
 

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Well maybe they would have responded quicker if the caller wasn't " racial profiling." God knows we don't want to end up in some "racial profiling study." I'm being sarcastic but it is true that we tell everyone to call us if they see something suspicious,,,
 

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I wasn't going to go there, but someone mentioned the whole racial profiling thing... :2c: I'm sorry, but let's take a look at the racial make-up of all the terrorists that we know of... where do they come from and what do they look like? If the shoe fits, I say check 'em out. I do not consider myself racist, but as a police officer, I think there is a piece of "profiling" that we all do on the street... for example, can we help it that a known gang is made up of a certain "type" of person, be it Hispanic, Asian, or whoever else makes up a gang. What if you patrol a certain neighborhood and that there are known problems with a certain group? Do you not "profile" and check certain "types" of people out because you are doing your job? If the crime stats for your sector indicate that there is a certain "type" of person committing the crimes, wouldn't you try to prevent it? If there is a certain "type" of person that is a terrorist then I say scr*w the fact that people will call you racist, or that you are profiling and just do your job! That's just me....
thanks for letting me speak. :sb:
 
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