NYPD detective faces charges after video shows he pounded on SUV (+video)(Read article summary)
The off-duty detective initially told his superiors he was not involved in the motorcyclists' attack on the SUV, but a video showed him pounding the rear of the car before leaving the scene.
An off-duty undercover New York Police Department detective has turned himself in to face charges after video showed him pounding on the SUV at the center of a bloody road rage incident between the SUV driver and a band of motorcyclists on New York City’s Westside Highway.
The detective initially told his superiors he was not involved in the Sept. 29 attack on the SUV driver, who was pulled from his car and stomped on in front of his terrified wife and child, and said he did not intervene for fear of blowing his cover.
But the detective, identified by The New York Times as Wojciech Braszczok, was seen in a video pounding on the SUV’s rear window and kicking its side before leaving the scene on his motorcycle, according to multiple reports.
The New York Daily News, citing a police source, said the detective surrendered with his lawyer on Tuesday and was taken to Manhattan Central Booking shortly after the Manhattan district attorney approved his arrest.
According to the Times, Mr. Braszczok faces charges of riot and criminal mischief and will be suspended after his arrest.
On Monday, Braszczok’s lawyer, Philip Karasyk, said his client had observed, but did not directly participate in, the altercation.
The detective did not have a badge, or gun, and was aware of cases in which officers had been suspended or dismissed for blowing their cover, "he had no other option, so he drove away," Mr. Karasyk, who works with the Detectives’ Endowment Association, told the AP.