NEW YORK — An irate black man was recorded going on a racist tirade against an Asian NYPD officer in addition to using other vulgar comments as protests continued in Washington Square Park over the weekend. A video containing the socially unacceptable comments were posted on reddit.
The unidentified man disturbingly calls the officer a “ch–k” on several occasions during the video following a brief confrontation in Greenwich Village Saturday night, New York Post reported.
WARNING: VULGAR LANGUAGE
The controversy appeared to involve asking the man to remain on the sidewalk.
“I’m on the sidewalk, what you gonna do?” the man can be heard saying moments later. “What’s your name? You’re not even from this country. You piece of s–t. You f–king ch–k!”
Another officer intercedes and attempts to de-escalate and calm the man down.
Nevertheless, the individual continues to yell the racist slurs, which further brings attention to his caustic comments, the Post reported. At one point, a passerby on a bike chimes in, telling the man his racist rant is “f–ked up.”
“Why you calling people ch–k, man?” the biker interjects. “Stop calling people ch–ks, man, that’s f–ked up. You racist as s–t. You’re a racist f–k!”
The New York City Police Benevolent Association commented about the defamation on Twitter.
“Criminals know that politicians are all talk. They know there are no real consequences for their vicious anti-Asian hate, even when it’s directed at a PO. If the pols really want to ‘Stop the Hate,’ they need to stop demonizing cops first.”
*From Wash Sq. Park on Sat*
Criminals know that politicians are all talk. They know there are no real consequences for their vicious anti-Asian hate, even when it’s directed at a PO. If the pols really want to ‘Stop the Hate,’ they need to stop demonizing cops first @NYPDAJS pic.twitter.com/3BOk1Hkuvj
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 7, 2021
In a statement, the NYPD called the incident “disturbing.”
“Each day, NYPD officers are expected to maintain a level of professionalism under an array of difficult circumstances,” a police spokeswoman said. “In this instance, an Asian police officer was subjected to an ugly onslaught of racial slurs and maintained his composure. However, it is disturbing to see this type of language used against any Asian person in light of the disturbing increase of Asian hate crimes citywide.”