An NYPD officer is under investigation after a video surfaced online of the plainclothes cop directing an angry, bizarre rant at an Uber driver during a traffic stop.
The incident occurred within the confines of the department’s 6th Precinct in Manhattan’s West Village, and began after the officer attempted to park his unmarked car without putting his blinker on. The Uber driver went around the officer and gestured for him to use his blinker by honking. The cop angrily made the driver stop and approached his car to confront him.
“I don't know what f---ing planet you're on right now!” the officer yelled at the driver. The man, whose English was slightly broken and spoke with an accent, misheard the officer and responded by saying, “I’m not planning anything.” The officer then unleashed a tirade on the driver, shouting profanities towards him and unleashing a disturbing tirade.
The driver remained polite and cooperative, and at one point responded to the officer by saying “okay” while he was finishing a sentence. “You don't let me f---ing finish! Stop interrupting me!” the cop shouted in response. “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?"
At the end of the angry rant, the officer told the driver that the only reason he wasn’t being arrested was because he “wasn’t important enough.” He handed the man a ticket and walked away.
“Our Uber driver, Humayun, was abused by a police officer today in New York,” passenger Sanjay Seth, who filmed and posted the video to YouTube, wrote online. “The unending 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.”
According to reports, the NYPD is currently investigating the incident.
“We are aware of the incident and video and it is under review with the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
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