Detective Patrick Cherry has been placed on desk duty and removed from Joint Terrorism Task Force while both the NYPD Internal Affairs and Civilian Complaint Review Board investigate the matter.
The incident occurred in NYPD’s 6th precinct where the officer allegedly accused the Uber driver of committing three traffic violations. Passenger Sanjay Seth says that is not the case in the Youtube description:
“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.”
The officer violently slams the driver’s door, throws items into the car and even mocks the driver’s accent.
"I don't know where you're coming from, where you think you're appropriate in doing that; that's not the way it works,” the officer screams. “How long have you been in this country?"
"The only reason you're not in handcuffs and going to jail and getting summonses in the precinct is because I have things to do,” the officer said. “That's the only reason that's not happening. Because this isn't important enough for me. You're not important enough."
The caught-on-camera rant adds to America's ongoing debate surrounding the police force's abuse of power, brutality and inherent racism. How many more of these outrageous police videos do we need before changes in the system are actually implemented?