Motorcyclist spit at a pair of NYPD cops trying to disperse a crowd in Washington Heights, video shared on social media shows.
The clip, recorded on W. 190th St. near Amsterdam Ave. on Monday, shows the man arguing and cursing at officers who are sitting in their patrol vehicle.
“What are you going to do? Shoot me?” the man says in the clip. “You can’t do s— to me. It’s freedom of speech you p—- a– n——! F— you b—-!”
The biker spits at the officers, then tries to zoom away, but the cops cut him off and tackle him to the ground, the video shows.
An NYPD spokeswoman said the officers were investigating reports of drag racing near the corner around 11:15 p.m. before the confrontation began.
“Officers instructed the crowds to disperse and while most people heeded the officer’s warnings and left the area, one individual refused and began to act belligerent, cursing and spitting at the officers,” said Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell. “The male is heard admitting to spitting at officers, refusing their multiple commands to disperse and running into their police car with his scooter while he was trying to engage the brakes.”
Cops took the unidentified man to the 34th Precinct, where he was given a summons for disorderly conduct and released.
The video surfaced Wednesday on an Instagram page dedicated to law enforcement, with commentators noting that the motorcyclist should be charged with a felony since he could have spread the coronavirus with his spit.
“Spitting on someone during a pandemic?” wrote one viewer, who goes by the Instagram handle _veezus_. “Could be prosecuted for terrorism ! Not smart.”
Source: NY Daily Times