DETROIT (FOX 2) – New Era Detroit and rapper Trick Trick clashed with a towing company on Friday over alleged predatory practices.
They accuse Goch and Sons Towing of illegally towing vehicles after a woman’s vehicle was about to be towed during the 15-minute grace period at the Medical Court Apartments near the Detroit Receiving Hospital .
“That’s why we stopped and confronted them because we caught them in the act. The sister didn’t get out of her car for more than 10 minutes before the tow truck waiting here picked up the call and doesn’t stop immediately,” said Isiah “Zeek” Williams of New Era.
Williams said New Era has been monitoring the towing business for some time now. He reported his concerns to the city council on Tuesday. Goch and Sons has a contract in play.
The allegations have swirled around the towing business for years now, but Goch and Sons say there are signs in the apartment complex warning that cars parked there without a permit will be towed away.
Goch said he was appalled by the actions of New Era Detroit and claimed to have brandished weapons to threaten and intimidate its employees.
“One thing I don’t play with is guns. We’ve never wielded a gun at anyone. We’ve definitely stopped on them to have a conversation about ongoing practices, the bullying,” Williams said.
The city council reviews the company’s towing practices.
“We have already held the contract in committee. I have a note that I submitted with several questions, and so we are looking at the practices and what we can do, this is advice to make sure they are towing correctly vehicles and not illegally doing things within the Detroit Medical Center,” said board chair Mary Sheffield.
Part of the problem is parking or some would say a lack of parking at Detroit Receiving Hospital. A spokesperson acknowledged that there are times when parking may be limited when they have a high volume of patients and visitors, but in addition to their parking lot, there are five other structures on the DMC campus for the public parking lot.
Last year, the city revamped towing rules to curb predatory practices. Some changes included requiring police-licensed towing companies to accept payment by credit card as well as cash; Detroit Police Department approval to remove vehicles from private property and removal of vehicles from tow trucks if owner arrives and pays service fee.
Goch released a statement:
“We would like to respond to the events depicted in a video recently posted and shared on Instagram by first saying that we are appalled by the actions of a group that claims to support their community. The level of intimidation and violence that has been perpetrated on our employees, who are working hard, performing a legal and necessary service, should never have taken place It is disgusting that these hard working black men had to put up with being prevented from leaving, having their windows pounded their vehicle, being thrown insult after insult from the race trade, being called the n-word a total of 31 times and, most importantly, being threatened with the brandishing of guns, which was cut from the self-posted video by this dividing group.
“We are further disappointed with the actions of the Detroit Police Department’s senior officer at the scene. While the majority of our interactions with the men and women who serve as officers for DPD are positive, professional and dealt with in accordance with the law; we occasionally meet an officer who chooses to act based on his personal opinions regarding towing or his resentment about the time-consuming role that a seizure of private property takes on the side of the police .However, in this incident, the police were called by our employees, who were clearly being assaulted and fearing for their safety as weapons were shown to them and hateful slurs and threats of physical violence were made. he was going to the scene, the secondary officer had even contacted Goch & Sons We are very saddened to see officials not respecting their commitment to ” serve and protect” in accordance with the law. We hope this incident serves as a lesson to all police officers who, by failing to act in defense of the real victims, who were performing a required and law-abiding service, further encourage violence and thug-type self-defense tactics.
“We understand that the towing of illegally parked vehicles from the medical center courts will always be a hot topic of debate. During our contract service period for these apartments, we have often heard the complaint that we are towing single mothers , seniors and veterans, or purely based on race The reality is that we tow 100% of vehicle owners who choose to disrespect single mothers, seniors, veterans and everyone else residents or authorized guests of medical center apartments.If visitors to Detroit Medical Center Hospital properly use the facility’s free covered parking, Medical Center Courts would not have to contract a towing company to provide accessible parking and abundant to their residents. , we hope that anyone in need of a hospital at for emergency purposes will proceed directly to the emergency entrance of the DMC and work with the security of his vehicle prior to par. king in an apartment complex and crossing 7 lanes of traffic to access care.
“As Medical Center Court prides itself on providing well-maintained and safe living quarters for its residents, and given its long history of illegal parking issues caused by its proximity to the hospital, a towing provider has always been a necessity. for the complex We find it curious the timing of this group’s assault on our employees and our business, especially with their own mention of an upcoming tow contract We find it particularly curious that this group never deemed it necessary to impose its barbaric tactics on the previous supplier, which was a black-owned business that adhered to the same procedures and grace periods that Goch & Sons does now Whether this attack is personally or politically motivated, we encourage those involved to re-examine their motivations and put their efforts into truly supporting the community.”
New Era responded to this statement with a video: