“We are engaging in a major effort to provide additional training to our personnel on tactics in interaction with the public, ” Bratton said. “That officer’s behavior violated every one of the tenets we are attempting to teach at the police academy in that three-day course that we are currently engaged in.”
Sanjay Seth, a passenger in the Uber cab, recorded the traffic stop on the West Side Highway near 14th Street on Monday afternoon and posted it to YouTube.
The Uber driver allegedly honked at the unmarked black Subaru squad car — which, according to Seth, did not signal as it was parking.
The Uber driver pulled up alongside Cherry’s squad car and gestured that he should have used his blinker. An irate Cherry pulled him over.
Cherry was then seen giving the Uber driver a lengthy tongue-lashing.
“Stop it with your mouth. Stop it with your ‘For what sir, for what sir?’ Stop it with that bulls**t, and realize there are three vehicle traffic law violations that you committed, OK?” the detective says. “Do you understand me? I don’t know what f***ing planet you think you’re on right now.”
Warning: Strong Language
The matter was referred to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Seth testified before the CCRB Wednesday.
Just gave testimony to CCRB. The investigation is in their hands. Here's to a quick, fair, and thorough resolution to this incident.
— Sanjay Seth (@sanjayseth)
“Just gave testimony to CCRB. The investigation is in their hands, ” Seth wrote on Twitter. “Here’s to a quick, fair, and thorough resolution to this incident.”
Seth is heard in the video sympathizing with the driver.
“That’s crazy. That’s really inappropriate, ” he said.
Among the charges before the CCRB against Cherry are:
• Discourtesy, which includes cursing, yelling and inappropriate gestures and is a fairly common complaint. More than 1, 800 such complaints were filed with the CCRB last year – a total of 37 complaints about police officers.
• Offensive language, such as racial and ethnic slurs. Those made up 9 percent of complaints last year.
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