(NEW YORK) — A video showing a police detective berating an Uber driver in New York City has gone viral, and the New York Police Department said the video is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau and that it will also be investigated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
The officer in the video has been identified as a uniformed member of the NYPD and is a detective, the NYPD told ABC News Wednesday.
In the video, the detective stands at the driver’s door, shouting, “Do you understand me? I don’t know what [expletive] planet you think you’re on right now.”
Sanjay Seth confirmed to ABC News that he was a passenger in the car when the incident occurred on the West Side Highway, and that he took the video with his cellphone.
The driver remains calm in the video and does not raise his voice to the detective.
At one point, the detective slams the driver’s door closed.
The incident began when the Uber driver honked at the detective’s car after the detective was apparently trying to park without using his blinker, Seth said, and the Uber driver wanted to make it through the green light.
When the detective walks away for a moment after berating the driver, the passenger who is videotaping says, “That’s crazy. That’s really inappropriate.”
Another passenger says, “Abuse of power, obviously.”
The detective comes back and continues, “Now let me tell you something the next time you do it again.”
The driver interrupts and says, “Okay.”
The detective yells, “Okay what? You don’t let me [expletive] finish? Stop interrupting me!”
The driver apologizes to the detective.
The detective then says, “Who do you think you’re talking to here? …Every time I open my mouth you have something to say.”
The detective ends with saying, “The only reason you’re not in handcuffs going to jail…is because I have things to do, that’s the only reason that’s not happening.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, saying: “There’s just no place for any public servant to use discriminatory or negative language.”
Uber responded to the incident with a statement.
“The behavior in the video is wrong and unacceptable and we appreciate the NYPD investigating the incident. We are in touch with our driver-partner who was subjected to this terrible experience and will continue to provide any support he needs,” Uber told ABC’s New York station WABC.
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