If you’re a protester in New York and have a terrible feeling about hailing a particular Taxi Cab, know that some of them are police cars in disguise.
If you’re trying to get home after a protest and see this Toyota Avalon Taxi Cab more than ready to pick you up, don’t. According to this Twitter video circulating earlier last night (June 2, 2020) NYPD are using a Toyota Avalon Taxi Cab complete with yellow livery and all the markings of a real cab as a legit police car with lights and tunes at the ready to clear traffic once your cuffed in the rear seats.
Check out the video for yourself below.
THE NYPD IS DISGUISING AS TAXI DRIVERS AND TRICKING PROTESTERS THAT ARE TRYING TO GO HOME!!! SPREAD THIS AND BE SAFE pic.twitter.com/hc4uV3BqXJ— emel BLM (@taxicabstruce) June 3, 2020
In the video we see a New York resident walking past a Toyota Avalon Taxi Cab that, without its flashing blues and tunes on, would blend in with the rest of New York traffic. It’s hard to make out in the video but there’s someone already headed to jail, cuffed in the back seat.
According to several replies, although this might look like a regular Taxi Cab, there are a handful of telltale signs that this taxi is part of the police livery.
apparently most undercover cabs have a license number that starts with 2W or 6Y!!! make sure you keep an eye out for those and inform your friends. stay safe everyone pic.twitter.com/jkEy5rDZYM— emel BLM (@taxicabstruce) June 3, 2020
"Zoom in and enhance that."— gregaro ivynillydidivich (@Dude_Wilson) June 3, 2020
Ny is scheduled to receive new plates this year, haven't been made available to the public, supposed to be rolled out but delayed for COVID.
But The City & State already have them – if you see these new Excelsior plates It's the Cops. pic.twitter.com/4EwUQ6lN6G
To quash nights of protesting, rioting, and looting, New York now has a mandatory curfew starting at 8 P.M. If police catch you outside at 8:01 P.M., they’ll be more than happy to bring you in and cite you for breaking curfew. And, if you hail one of their undercover taxi cabs, all the easier for them.
TRAFFIC CLOSURE:— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) June 2, 2020
At 8pm tonight when the #curfew begins in #NYC, there will be NO vehicular traffic allowed south of 96th Street in Manhattan — with the exception of residents, essential workers, busses, and truck deliveries. pic.twitter.com/bpiVb45Gej
If you’re one of the many thinking this curfew is unnecessary and you’ll be out well past 8 P.M., don’t count on taking a taxicab home since, if you guess wrong, you’ll have a several hours long detour.