A passenger caught a NYPD detective berating an Uber driver on the side of the West Side Highway Monday afternoon. The expletive-laden, xenophobic rant came after the Uber driver went around the officer, who was parking his car. The officer wasn’t in uniform, but the NYPD confirmed to WCBS Radio that he works for the department, reporter Alex Silverman said on Twitter. (Watch the video above, warning graphic language)
According to JPUpdates.com, the man seen in the video is a high-ranking detective with the department’s Intelligence Division. He was identified by the New York Daily News as Detective Patrick Cherry, a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The passenger, Sanjay Seth, said in the description of the YouTube video:
Police abuse of Uber driver in New York City. 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 aggressively pulls up behind us and this is what happens.
This occurred just before 2pm on the West side of Manhattan, in police precinct 6, on March 30th, 2015. The officer did not identify himself, but he had a New York license plate.
In a post on Facebook, he added, “Our Uber driver, Humayun, was abused by a police officer today in New York. The rage, door slamming, throwing items into the car, threatening arrest without cause was bad enough — but the officer’s remarks at the end really took it to another level.”
The NYPD is investigating the incident.
Uber said in a statement:
The behavior in the video is wrong and unacceptable and we appreciate the NYPD investigating the incident. We are in touch with our driver-partner who was subjected to this terrible experience and will continue to provide any support he needs.