In this video below that was uploaded to Youtube on March 30, 2015 by passenger Sanjay Seth, a plainclothes NYPD officer is seen berating a Uber driver over a petty parking dispute, in which the officer was at fault.
The officer’s name seems to be unknown at this point so I’ll just refer to him as Officer Rickles b/c I think he kinda sounds like fucking Don Rickles.
Officer Rickles was in plainclothes in an unmarked car double parked without his blinker, hazard lights or reverse lights on (allegedly trying to park) at a green light. The Uber driver drove around and past Officer Rickles casually gesturing that he should use his blinker then kept driving. Then Officer Rickles aggressively pulls over the car, curses and threatens the driver with arrest even though the driver had done no wrong.
Police officers should be subject to follow the same laws that they are paid to enforce. A shiny badge shouldn’t be a license to do whatever the fuck you want and berate innocent law abiding citizens whose extorted tax dollars pay your salary. Filming police is not a crime but a civic duty crucial to keeping them accountable. Officer Rickles should probably smoke a joint and chill the fuck out.