MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A passenger caught on camera an expletive-laden rant by a man who said he was an officer and pulled over an Uber driver after the motorist allegedly honked at an unmarked police car.
The video, posted on YouTube Monday by passenger Sanjay Seth, had been watched nearly 50,000 times as of noon Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the NYPD said it is aware of the video and they are looking into it.
“Based upon our initial review of the video we cannot determine if the male is a member of the NYPD. However, this matter has been referred to the Internal Affairs Bureau for further review,” the department said in a statement.
It all started just before 2 p.m. Monday on Manhattan’s West Side, Seth said in the video’s caption. His Uber driver had come across an apparent unmarked police car stopped on the side of the road without its blinker or reverse lights on, perhaps double parked, the passenger said.
“The Uber driver pulled around and gestured that (the officer) should use his blinker, casually and non-offensively, and kept driving us,” Seth wrote in the video’s caption.
That’s when the officer flicked on his red and blue lights and “aggressively” pulled up behind the car, Seth said, adding that the officer did not identify himself.
The 3 1/2-minute video shows the officer slamming the driver’s door, cursing and asking how long the driver had been in the U.S.
“The only reason you’re not in handcuffs going to jail and getting summonses in the precinct is because I have things to do. That’s the only reason that’s not happening,” the officer said. “‘Cause this isn’t important enough to me. You’re not important enough. Don’t ever do that again.”
In a statement, Uber called the officer’s behavior “unacceptable.”
“The behavior in the video is wrong and unacceptable and we appreciate the NYPD investigating the incident,” the company said. “We are in touch with our driver-partner who was subjected to this terrible experience and will continue to provide any support he needs.”