A New York City police detective has been placed on modified duty after his videotaped verbal tirade with the driver of the Uber ride-sharing service went viral.
In the video shot by Uber passenger Sanjay Seth, the detective, reportedly with the NYPD’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, is heard shouting at the driver, using profanity, hitting the car and asking the driver how long he has been in the country. It is apparent from the conversation between the passenger and the driver that the altercation took place after the detective attempted to park his car without using his turn signal and the Uber driver honked at him. Throughout the tape, the driver is heard apologizing to the detective.
“Stop interrupting me,” the detective yells.
“I apologize,” the driver responds. “I’m sorry.”
“Every time I open my mouth, you have something to say,” the detective shouts.
The detective later says, “People are allowed to park their cars on the side of the street without your interference and then your opinion about what’s going on, especially when the person you do it to are the police. I don’t know where you’re coming from.” He adds, “How long you been in this country?”
Finally, the detective tells the driver, “The only reason you’re not in handcuffs going to jail is because I have things to do.”
The passenger, named Sanjay Seth, posted the video on YouTube as well as Facebook and wrote: “Our Uber driver, Humayun, was abused by a police officer today in New York. The 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.”
Seth, reached through Google Plus, gave USA TODAY permission to post the video but said he had no further comment on the incident. Seth’s Facebook page identifies him as an employee of the Regional Plan Association, an urban planning research organization… see more