NYPD cop bounced from task force after rant at Uber driver

The city's Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating Det. Patrick Cherry's actions in a video that went viral, according to officials.


The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating Det. Patrick Cherry’s actions in a video that went viral, according to officials.

The NYPD has brought the hammer down on the foul-mouthed detective who left an Uber driver shaken with his bias-fueled rant on the Internet.

Det. Patrick Cherry was put on modified assignment and transferred from his post with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Wednesday afternoon.

Det. Cherry’s actions were still being investigated by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau and the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, officials said.

Board investigators interviewed Sanjay Seth, the man who recorded the heated, cringe-worthy exchange from the back of the Uber car in the West Village on Wednesday.

“We received a complaint about the incident and we are investigating,” a CCRB spokeswoman said.

Seth was interviewed by an investigator, a chief prosecutor and the CCRB’s executive director, he said on Twitter.

“The investigation is in their hands,” Seth tweeted. “Here’s to a quick, fair, and thorough resolution to this incident.”

The roadside rage erupted after Cherry, a member of the NYPD’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, tried to park his unmarked car without using his signal, the video shows.

The Uber driver went around Cherry and gestured to him to use his signal, Seth said.

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“I don’t know where you’re coming from, where you think you’re appropriate in doing that. That’s not the way it works,” Cherry, who is white, hollered at the driver after pulling him over. “How long have you been in this country?”

The detective’s car in the video does not belong to the department, according to a police source.

Moments before slamming the car door and storming away, the hot-headed Cherry, who is stationed in Federal Plaza in Manhattan, shouted at the driver: “I don’t know what f—ing planet you’re on right now!”

Residents of Sayville, Long Island, were stunned that their usually level-headed neighbor went on a hate-filled tirade.

“I’ve never known him to even be loud,” said Rene Stracuzza, who lives across from Cherry’s ranch-style corner home. “He’s always been polite, always waves and he’s a good person.” 

Stracuzza admitted that Cherry “went a little too far.”

“He’s saying this guy is taking time out of his day, and you know he clearly took time out of his own day to yell at him,” she said of Cherry. 

The detective repeatedly mocked the mild-mannered driver’s accent and English, cursing at him. The driver simply responded by saying “OK.” The driver’s ethnicity was not immediately clear.

The driver filed a complaint with police, which prompted the NYPD to assign the case to the Internal Affairs Bureau.

“IAB will look at the circumstances and determine if a duty status change is required,” a high-ranking police source said.

The CCRB may take over the whole case because discourtesy was the major infraction, a police source said.

Cherry was on his way to work after visiting Det. Harry Hill at NY Langone Medical Center when the interaction occurred, a second police source said. 

Hill is in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest during a procedure on his elbow on Thursday, the source said.

Michael Palladino, the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said emotions have been running high in the task force in recent days.

“The past five days have been emotionally draining for the members of the JTTF dealing with their fellow detective’s health. Despite what some people think, cops have feelings, too,” Palladino said.

An Uber spokesman, Matt Wing, confirmed the driver filed a complaint, but said he was not issued a ticket. Wing declined to name the driver.


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