A couple of days ago I posted about the maddening video of an Uber driver being chewed out by an NYPD officer.
Here’s how the person who uploaded the video (the UberX passenger) described the situation:
Police abuse of Uber driver in New York City. 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 good news is that according to The Verge, the officer, Patrick Cherry, has been stripped of his badge and gun, and removed from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which he was part of.
Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the first time the officer has been accused of verbal abuse. Via DNAinfo:
Cherry won’t be fired because verbal abuse of a civilian is not considered a fireable offense, sources said.
This would not be the first complaint against Cherry for verbal abuse, sources said.
The detective, who has about 15 years on the force, has had about 10 complaints against him, some of which involve verbally abusing civilians, sources familiar with his record said.
The outcome of those complaints is unknown.
As sickening as the officer’s actions were and as much as the world nowadays is scary, it’s sort of refreshing that we live in a day and age where everyone has a camera. Which is bad news for power-hungry jerks like this guy.
It just blows my mind that there are people that treat other humans this way…