An NYPD detective has been temporarily stripped of his badge and gun after a video of him berating an Uber driver went viral.
According to the NY Post, detective Patrick Cherry is currently on desk duty while he awaits a transfer from the joint terrorism task force to which he’s currently assigned.
In a statement, Commissioner Bill Bratton called his conduct, which was caught on video by the Uber driver’s passengers, unacceptable.
“No good cop should watch that video without a wince … because all good cops know that officer just made their jobs a little bit harder. In that kind of encounter, anger like that is unacceptable. In any encounter, discourtesy and obscene language like that is unacceptable. That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform.”
On March 30, Sanjay Seth posted the video, which shows Cherry laying into a seemingly intimidated and apologetic Uber driver.
“Okay what? You don’t let me fucking finish. Stop interrupting me! Who do you think you’re talking to here!?” screams Cherry. “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. How long have you been in this country?”
According to Seth, the officer was attempting to park an unmarked car 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,” says Seth’s description of the altercation.
The video in now approaching 1.7 million views.
Who knows what would have happened if the passenger hadn’t pulled out their phones and hit record? Likely nothing.