MANHATTAN — City Councilman Corey Johnson tried to call NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton or Chief of Department James O’Neill while he was being ticketed for moving between subway cars Wednesday, Bratton said during a Friday press conference.
Johnson was riding on an uptown C train from 14th Street to 23rd Street when he moved between cars to get closer to the exit at the Chelsea stop, according to police. Officers saw the councilman move between cars and stopped him, after which Johnson tried calling NYPD officials.
“It’s not something that I or Chief O’Neill would have interfered with,” Bratton said at One Police Plaza. “The officers stopped him for something he readily admits did occur. And so, there’s no issue around that. So again, we’ll let [the Civilian Complaint Review Board] work out the details.”
Johnson’s office did not respond to a question about whether he did or did not try to call Bratton or O’Neill, but said the councilman was “fully cooperative and promptly paid the $75 summons” in a statement.
"The Council Member has the utmost respect for the men and women of the NYPD and looks forward to a continued partnership with them," the statement read.
Johnson also referenced broken windows policing during the incident, according to a New York Daily News story.
“There are two different stories,” Bratton said. “The council member’s and the versions presented by our six police officers.”