The Newark Star-Ledger examines last year’s parking ticket episode that ended with the man poised to become Newark’s top cop and his wife handcuffed and in the back of a police cruiser. It happend on the Palisades Interstate Parkway when Garry McCarthy, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of operations, and his wife, Regina, went to question officers who had given their daughter a parking ticket. The situation at a rest stop devolved into an obscenity-laced shouting match and a scramble for McCarthy’s gun during which Regina McCarthy said she was pushed face-first to the floor of a police cruiser.
The McCarthys are to appear in a Hackensack court tomorrow in an effort to overturn their convictions on for obstructing traffic and making “unreasonable noise.” Prosecutors said the 47-year-old McCarthy, whom Newark Mayor Cory Booker has selected as the city’s new police director, was just trying to bully the New Jersey officers into voiding a ticket. The McCarthys, of West Nyack, N.Y., said the incident was simply the result of a father coming to the defense of his daughter. “They were acting as parents,” said the couple’s attorney, David Hoffman. “He has an even temperament. This was an aberration caused by the actions of the Palisades Parkway police.”