Hooligans pulled over for tinted windows assault cops
Some Brooklyn cops enforcing a new law regulating excessive car-window tints were assaulted by a group of people they had just pulled over for the infraction, police sources said Friday.
One of the cops was even hospitalized in the Thursday night attack.
The officers had stopped a gray 2008 Ford Mustang because of its excessive tints about 10:45 p.m. near Irving Place and Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, sources said.
When the three cops from the 88th Precinct approached the car, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from it, sources said.
The cops ordered the occupants — three related men and a woman — out of the vehicle.
The front passenger, 20-year-old Marc Barretto, was carrying a mason jar full of weed, police sources said.
He got out the car but kept walking, they said.
A cop tried to stop him, so Barretto clocked the officer in the face, which prompted an all-out melee, police sources said.
The driver of the car, Adam Barretto, 18 and the two other passengers, 16-year-old Aaron Barreto and Sonia Guidos, 19, joined in, they said.
The creeps allegedly punched the cops numerous times. During the squabble, a cop dropped his flashlight.
Aaron Barretto grabbed the light and bashed a cop in the head with it, sources said.
The officer suffered head and face wounds and was taken to Methodist Hospital for treatment.
Near the end of the fray, another relative, 23-year-old Eric Baretto, showed up on a bike.
He and the others were eventually gathered up and arrested.
They were charged with two counts of gang assault, criminal possession of marijuana, obstructing governmental administration.
Police have been out stopping vehicles with excessively tinted windows since Gov. Cuomo signed the new law last month.
The law requires auto-inspection shops to fail any vehicles with an illegal tint level: 30 percent or more. The law requires that the windshield and front side windows allow at least 70 percent or more of outside light to pass through.