Viral video appears to show NYPD SUV trying to mow down moped
Video posted online shows an NYPD SUV aggressively driving at a moped on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens, with many users saying it looks like the cops were trying to mow down the two-wheeler.
The footage posted Wednesday on the Reddit group NYStateofMind shows the cop car as it apparently makes several attempts to sideswipe the driver of the black moped.
At the start of the video, the moped is in the left shoulder of the highway, with the NYPD SUV just to the right. As the moped veers two lanes over, the SUV moves in the same direction. They both then cross back in the opposite direction.
“Look at this guy! Look at him!” a woman exclaims in the recording. “Oh, my God. He’s trying to hit him.”
As the moped crosses the lanes once again, the SUV jerks in the driver’s direction — coming within inches of the driver — prompting the woman to shout, “Oh, my God! Did you see that?”
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At the end of the video, the moped driver exits via an off-ramp and the NYPD vehicle proceeds down the highway. Its lights were not on at any point during the recording.
An NYPD spokesman would not confirm any details of the incident, but said the department was aware of the video and would conduct a review.
The video was posted by Reddit user MelBloccs, who told the Daily News that the incident happened near the 12A exit through Queens around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The images taken from the passenger seat of the user’s car, the person told The News. The user said there was no apparent reason why the operator of the NYPD vehicle became belligerent toward the moped driver.
“Police saw the moped, sped up and tried running the moped off the road,” the Reddit user wrote in reply to a News inquiry on Thursday.
Reddit users voiced their outrage over the video.
“Oh my god, that’s attempted murder,” wrote Taylen137.