A New York City police officer who was captured on video berating an Uber driver has been placed on modified duty after the incident.
The officer involved in the incident has been identified as Detective Patrick Cherry by the New York Post. Cherry was assigned to the city’s elite anti-terrorism task force. Thanks to this, Cherry has been placed on desk duty, and will lose his assignment on that task force.
The incident took place on March 30. CNN reports that Cherry was attempting to park his unmarked car. The Uber driver pulled past Cherry’s car, and gestured that he should use his blinker. Cherry then apparently pulled the driver over, and the video begins with him berating the man. Sanjay Seth, who was a passenger in the car, recorded the confrontation on his phone.
On the video’s YouTube page, Seth describes what led up to the incident as follows:
In an unmarked car, the policeman was allegedly attempting to park without using his blinker at a green light. (His reverse lights weren’t on. Likely double parked without hazards on.) The Uber driver pulled around and gestured that he should use his blinker, casually and non-offensively, and kept driving us. The policeman quickly pulls up behind us and this is what happens.
In the video, Cherry can be heard berating the driver, making fun of his accent, and swearing at the man. Cherry also tells the driver that the only reason he isn’t going to jail is because he [Cherry] has other things to do. Yet, he apparently had the time to yell at this man for some three minutes or more, all because the man gestured at him about his turn signal.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton reacted to the incident, and the video:
No good cop can watch that without a wince. As all good cops know … the officer made their jobs a little bit harder. That kind of anger like that is unacceptable in any encounter; discourtesy like that and language like that is unacceptable. That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform.
This video is another example of some of the power mad people who work on police forces. These cops make the public wary of the police, and, as Commissioner Bratton said, they make it harder for the vast majority of police, who treat people fairly and with respect, to do their jobs.
Here’s the complete, uncut video, via YouTube (caution, strong language):[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGSrGmHsT8s]
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