QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11)—It was a questionable traffic stop involving a high-ranking member of the Bloomberg administration and it has triggered a high-profile inquiry.
According to his spokesperson Dennis Walcott, New York City's new School's Chancellor was just blocks from his Cambria Heights, Queens, home around midnight Thursday when his city car - in which he was a passenger - was pulled over by plain-clothed police officers who asked him if he was lost.
Chancellor Walcott's spokesperson tells PIX 11 news that he identified himself as New York City's Schools' Chancellor and a former Deputy Mayor.
When he asked why his car had been pulled over Walcott was told for not signalling which the Chancellor told the officers was incorrect.
The two officers involved are reportedly now facing an Internal Affairs probe for not properly identifying themselves when asked to do so during the traffic stop.
The officers ran a license check on his driver and let the vehicle go without writing a ticket.
On Friday his spokesperson says Chancellor Walcott informed the Police Commissioner about the incident.
Just hours earlier on Thursday afternoon the Chancellor was in the PIX 11 News studios taping News CloseUp with Marvin Scott which airs Sundays at 6am.
Who could have known that just hours later he would be caught up in the latest NYPD controversy.
In the midst of conflicting reports of an investigation into allegations an NYPD officer recently provided rapper P. Diddy with an unauthorized one block escort, and the city's ongoing scandal over police allegedly fixing tickets, now this.
Chancellor Walcott's spokesperson told PIX 11 News in no uncertain terms that "at no time did the officers begin to write a ticket. At no time did the Chancellor ask that any ticket be waived."
The NYPD referred PIX 11 News' request for comment to the Department of Education."