NEW YORK, N.Y. – A video is going viral on social media on Thursday after an unruly driver smashed his vehicle into the back of a police cruiser in Midtown Manhattan, according to the Post.
In the aftermath of the crash, which happened on Wednesday evening, a large group of officers can be seen swarming the Lexus and smashing out the window, eventually pulling the driver from inside.
Police say that the incident began when New York City police officers pulled over the driver for failure to wear his seatbelt. When an officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver to produce his ID, the man reportedly rolled up his window and cranked the volume on his radio.
After those officers signaled for backup, the driver, identified as 57-year-old Arosmar Vazquez, allegedly floored the gas pedal and smashed his Lexus sedan into the police car that was parked in front of him.
According to the NYPD, and also evident in the videos captured at the scene, one of the officers smashed the driver’s side window and officers pulled Vazquez from inside of the car.
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Police say that after Vasquez was apprehended he was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
He was later charged with resisting arrest, obstruction, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct… and he didn’t escape the original ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.
Video was captured at the scene. Watch below.
Another video has gone viral showing four New York Police Department officers struggling to arrest a man resisting getting into a police car.
In the video, which was retweeted a Republican New York state assemblyman, you see others mocking the officers.
Mike Reilly shared the video.
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In it, you see the officers calling for assistance as onlookers demand the cops call an ambulance for the man, who is under arrest.
When did the video surface?
It came just hours after NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill claimed a police slowdown when performing routine work would not occur in response to Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s termination from the force.
Reilly is a former NYPD lieutenant.
He points out that the video is proof that NYPD cops are slowing down their responses to routine calls in the wake of Pantaleo’s firing.
“In that video, you hear the public who were filming it. They actually said, ‘Call him an ambulance.’ They all realize that isn’t what’s supposed to be done there. He is physically resisting getting put into a police car,” he said.
What does that mean, exactly?
“So the arrest has not been fully effective at that time. The person is in custody, but he can’t be transported from there.”
New York City police have found themselves feeling abandoned by their leaders lately.
In a vote of “no confidence” in city leaders on Wednesday, the New York City Police Benevolent Association called for the immediate removal of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner James O’Neill from their positions.
NBC reported that PBA President Patrick Lynch slammed the two men in resolutions that were finalized on Wednesday, demanding that they step down or be removed from power.
“For years, Mayor de Blasio has demonized police officers and undermined our efforts to protect our city,” Lynch said in the police union’s resolution Wednesday.
The union has continued to call out the commissioner since his decision to fire Pantaleo from the force five years after Eric Garner’s death earlier this month. Lynch said that O’Neill’s political decision “deprived a dedicated and accomplished police officer of his livelihood”.
Police also said that the commissioner has failed to address issues within the department like mental health problems and quality-of-life issues.
“For years, Commissioner O’Neill has cravenly acquiesced to the mayor and his anti-cop allies,” Lynch said Wednesday.
According to the PBA, they’ve had enough. And they won’t rest until New York City police officers get the support they need.
But the department fired back, claiming O’Neill wholeheartedly supports his officers.
“As the Police Commissioner has said before, his heart and soul are with the NYPD, and he is honored to lead this Department as it continues to drive crime to historically low levels,” said Phillip Walzak, the deputy commissioner for public information of the NYPD.
The police union wasn’t done there. They additionally called for Governor Cuomo to enact his official power to remove Mayor Bill de Blasio from office after he “unlawfully interfered” in the decision to fire Daniel Pantaleo.
The Police Benevolent Association “calls upon Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to exercise his powers under the Charter to immediately suspend and ultimately remove Mayor de Blasio on charges of malfeasance and nonfeasance in the above-stated matters.”
Lynch said that the mayor has been creating an environment of distrust between the police and the public, continuously widening the divide between law and order and the chaos in the streets.
The mayor’s office fired back after Lynch released his statements, calling the city the “safest it’s ever been.”
“This is another attempt by the PBA to divide our city and we won’t stand for it. Under this mayor and Police Commissioner, our officers and the communities they serve are closer than ever and the city is the safest it’s ever been,” Freddie Goldstein said. “That isn’t changing.”
Since former NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired five years after his fatal encounter with Eric Garner, arrests in the city have plummeted.
“Who wants to be the last cop standing?” a Manhattan cop said in an interview with the New York Post. “If someone’s in trouble and needs help or if a cop’s in trouble, obviously, you do what you have to do as a police officer. But if it’s discretionary, why put yourself in harm’s way?’’