NYPD Cop Loses It on Uber Driver—on Video

Patrick Cherry apologizes, has been relieved of his badge
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2015 12:34 PM CDT

An NYPD detective has apologized after video of him absolutely unloading on a Uber driver went viral, with Patrick Cherry telling NBC New York, "I apologize. I sincerely apologize." It seems the driver had honked at Cherry for failing to use his blinker when parking. "When I walked up, I was uptight. I wanted to know what the problem was," Cherry said. "I felt his driving actions were discourteous and impolite and when he stopped he said, 'I'm not going to give you anything."'

The tirade that follows is epic, and as Caroline Bankoff notes in the Daily Intelligencer, "Even if what Cherry says is true, the added context doesn't excuse his behavior, which included several minutes of abusive shouting, cursing, imitating the driver's accent, and demanding to know 'how long have you been in this country?'" Cherry has been relieved of his badge and gun, dumped from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and given a desk job. NYPD chief Bill Bratton earlier apologized. (More NYPD stories.)

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