NEW YORK — An off-duty NYPD sergeant was filmed Monday pulling a gun on a bike messenger during a dispute after the cop pulled his car into a bike lane.
The clip starts with the cop holding a revolver, as the messenger yells, “Put that away! Put that away! You’re on camera!”
Messenger Dejuane Jones, 21, was arrested, accused of punching the off-duty cop’s side-view mirror, kicking his front bumper and threatening him with an ice pick.
Aaron Lawrence, 22, who shot the video posted it on Facebook. Apparently, Jones and three other messengers were riding on W. 10th St. near Greenwich Ave. when the sergeant’s car almost hit one of them.
Lawrence told the New York Daily News, “My friend kind of screamed at him as he’s riding off… He stops his car, and he’s getting out of the car. As soon as he gets out of the car, I see a gun in his hand.”
According to Lawrence, the cop began yelling, “Get on the floor, get on the floor.” That’s when he said he started filming.
The messengers said that he never said he was a cop and never pulled out a badge. At one point, the sergeant lowered his gun and waved the messengers off.
Police say the off-duty cop then went into a restaurant to call 911 because he felt threatened.
The sergeant was eventually allowed to drive away while Jones was arrested.
Jones was charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment, issued a desk appearance ticket and released, according to the Daily News.