The NYPD detective who was secretly filmed berating an Uber driver has been stripped of his badge and gun and will be placed on modified duty, after the video went viral.
Detective Patrick Cherry has now been removed from the NYPD’s elite Joint Terrorism Task Force, police officials said, and will be doing desk duty until he is officially transferred out of the division.
The Internal Affairs Bureau initially investigated the incident until it was taken over by the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), police said.
The video was taken by passenger Sanjay Seth who wrote on Facebook that “our Uber driver, Humayun, was abused by a police officer today in New York”.
At a Wednesday press conference, Commissioner Bill Bratton said:
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.
1. Detective Patrick Cherry, pictured in the blue shirt, launched his tirade after the Uber driver honked at him.
2. The driver, named only as Humayun, pictured, tried to repeatedly apologize to Detective Cherry.
On Wednesday, the CCRB interviewed Sanjay Seth, the passenger inside the car who filmed Cherry’s rant on his phone, according to the man’s Twitter page. He tweeted:
Just gave testimony to CCRB. The investigation is in their hands. Here’s to a quick, fair, and thorough resolution to this incident.
In the video, which was posted on Youtube on Monday, March 30, Cherry is captured blowing up in the Uber driver’s face, after the man reportedly honked at him as the detective tried to park his unmarked car, without using his blinker and at a green light along the West Side Highway in Greenwich Village.
3. Passengers in the cab claimed that Detective Cherry failed to indicate before attempting to park his Hyundai.
The Uber driver pulled around and gestured to the detective that he should use his blinker, reportedly “casually and non-offensively”, and kept driving. At this point, the policeman quickly pulls up behind the Uber car and what happened afterword is captured in the video above.
If a CCRB judge finds that Cherry is guilty of misconduct, he could end up with a permanent mark on his record. However, any disciplinary action would be solely up to Commissioner Bratton, who has the final say.
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