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NY Police Officer Caught On Video Abusing An Uber Driver For Honking At Him

(Content Warning: Language)

A video showing a police detective berating an Uber driver in New York City has gone viral, and the NYPD said the video is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau and that it will also be investigated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board. The officer in the video, identified as NYPD Detective Patrick Cherry, will be transferred out of his post with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Police Commissioner William Bratton said today. Bratton also offered an apology to the Uber driver and the passengers for the detective’s actions during the encounter. “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,” Bratton said. In the video, the detective stands at the driver’s door, shouting, “Do you understand me? I don’t know what [expletive] planet you think you’re on right now.” Sanjay Seth confirmed to ABC News that he was a passenger in the car when the incident occurred on the West Side Highway, and that he took the video with his cellphone. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier, “There’s just no place for any public servant to use discriminatory or negative language.” The driver remains calm in the video and does not raise his voice to the detective. At one point, the detective slams the driver’s door closed. The incident began when the Uber driver honked at the detective’s car after the detective was apparently trying to park without using his blinker, Seth said, and the Uber driver wanted to make it through the green light. When the detective walks away for a moment after berating the driver, the passenger who is videotaping says, “That’s crazy. That’s really inappropriate.”

Watch Cherry’s apology here:

via ABCNews

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