A new video shows a squad of plainclothes Taxi and Limousine Commission officers choking and wrestling an Uber driver at JFK as they try to arrest him.
The video of the incident, which happened Thursday evening, shows four TLC officers trying to subdue the driver. For more than a minute, the men surround, twist and pull at the terrified, screaming driver. At one point, one of the hulking officers puts his arm around the man’s neck. Eventually, they get the driver into handcuffs and haul him away.
TLC officials confirmed that the man is an Uber driver and that they are investigating the incident.
“We are aware of the video and we have already commenced a full investigation into the circumstances,” said TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg.
TLC officers executed 91 arrests at JFK in the past year, according to agency officials, who also pointed out that city code allows the agents to use force.
Uber officials called the video disturbing and said they are launching their own investigation.
“What is being displayed in this video is terribly concerning,” said an Uber spokeswoman. “We are looking into what occurred here and we are reaching out to the driver to check on his well-being.”
Drivers advocates say the arresting officers went too far.
“This is pretty brutal,” said New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai. “For any traffic-related stop, whether for moving violation or illegal pickup, it really crosses the line.”
TLC officials declined to reveal the man’s name or say if he was charged with any violations.
Source: New York Post