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NEW YORK (PIX11) - The NYPD is investigating one of its own tonight after an undercover police officer repeatedly cursed and berated an Uber driver following a traffic incident.  The whole thing was captured by one of the passengers and now the video is going viral.

"Stop it with that bull**** and realize the three vehicle and traffic law violations you committed," a man claiming to be an NYPD officer yells at the livery driver in the video.

The whole thing happened on the West Side of Manhattan just after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.  Passenger and YouTube user Sanjay Seth posted the video which had more than 75,000 views less than 24 hours later.  We were unable to contact Seth, but in the post he describes the events that led to the incident:

"In an unmarked car, the policeman was allegedly attempting to park without using his blinker at a green light," wrote Seth.  "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 supposed police officer continued to curse at the driver saying, "The only reason you're not in handcuffs going to jail and getting summonses in the precinct is because I have things to do [...]  'cuz this isn't important enough to me.  You're not important enough."

Even though the passenger recorded the license plate, the NYPD says at this point they cannot confirm whether the man in the window is a police officer, but a spokesperson said the case has been turned over to Internal Affairs which turned it over to the Civilian Complaint Review board.

“The behavior in the video is wrong and unacceptable and we appreciate the NYPD investigating the incident," said Uber Spokesperson Matthew Wing. "We are in touch with our driver-partner who was subjected to this terrible experience and will continue to provide any support he needs.”​

Several livery cab drivers said they weren't surprised by the exchange between the officer and driver because it happens all the time.  In fact, they say their license plates actually make them targets for police.

"I'm not surprised.  They consider us like animal," said one driver, who did not want to go on camera for fear of retaliation.

The driver said he's been pulled over by police officers several times, but added there's no use arguing because the situation could lead to more than a ticket.

"When they stop me the first thing I do is I turn off my car, put the keys here, and put my hand here.  Because I don't want to do any movement.  They can do whatever they want."

Which is why he said he's thankful for the passenger who was brave enough to catch the supposed officer in the act.

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