It was about 1:45 p.m. on April 30 when the showdown began.
“I screamed out the window, ‘Why are you giving me a ticket? Are you dumb? Are you stupid?’” he admitted.
Paul-Simon said he carefully parked the black Chevy Impala to comply with the city’s alternate-side parking rules. So, he couldn’t imagine what the ticket was for.
Brown slapped a $65 ticket on the vehicle for an expired registration.
The Brooklyn man left his building about 20 minutes after shouting at Brown, he said. The agent was still in uniform and waiting for him when he got downstairs. That’s when he noticed four men at her side.
When she pointed at him, one of the men flashed a gun while another bashed him to the ground, Paul-Simon said.
“Boom - he punched me,” he recalled. “He looked like he worked out. His arms were about four times the size of mine.”
Paul-Simon says his attacker screamed, “What the f--k you said to my girl?”
But Brown, 35, says she doesn’t know the man who beat him up. She claimed a stranger intervened on her behalf when Paul-Simon lost his cool.
“The guys walking by got in a fight with him,” Brown said. I don’t know who the guys were.”
A witness identified on the police report didn’t know Brown or Paul-Simon. She said it was obvious the attacker was doing the traffic agent’s bidding.
The NYPD is investigating the fracas. Brown, who has been on the job just over a year, has been placed on a desk pending the outcome of the investigation.
His injuries included a sprained left elbow and swelling, cuts and bruises on his arms, legs and head.