New York, NY — As the Free Thought Project reports—on a regular basis—police officers are caught in fits of road rage all the time. While road rage is an unfortunate reality in America, when a police officer is involved, the situation becomes far more dangerous as they have authority, and they have a gun.
All too often police officers will be caught road raging on innocent citizens and it is the citizen who suffers. In the incident below, however, an NYPD cop's fit of rage was allegedly so horrific that it got him arrested this month.
Earlier this month, according to officials, Officer Michael Baror’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee, equipped with lights and a siren, rear-ended 28-year-old James Nacimas’ vehicle as he drove east on Avenue N near Bedford Ave. in Midwood.
Baror had his lights and siren on when he rear-ended Nacimas. However, he had no reason to have them on because he was off-duty at the time.
According to witnesses at the scene, Baror, 24, jumped out of his vehicle waving his department-issued pistol and began pointing it at Nacimas while yelling “Don’t you know who the f--- I am? I’m NYPD! You don’t f--- with the NYPD.”
At this point, according to the witnesses, Baror then allegedly began punching not only Nacimas but his 27-year-old girlfriend Jaclyn Araiza as well.
Prosecutors reported that Baror inflicted serious injuries to the face of Nacimas because he used his metal handcuffs as a weapon. According to court records, Nacimas needed ten stitches to close up the wounds on his face.
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After he rammed an innocent couple, assaulted them with a deadly weapon, and beat both of them with handcuffs, Baror then fled the scene. He ran multiple red lights, veered into oncoming traffic all at dangerously high speeds. His victims were unable to keep up but they did get his license plate and called police during their pursuit.
The following day, Baror was arrested.
As WABC reports, Baror is charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, menacing, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He was suspended without pay following his arrest.
Baror's bail was set at $15,000 in spite of prosecutors requesting $25,000. Because Baror's arrest is so unprecedented for a police officer, it has sparked quite the conversation online. One person, who commented on the local news story, summed up the situation quite grimly.
He would have been better off shooting them.
Then he would have been put on paid admin leave, say he feared for his life and come back to work after a refreshing paid vacation ready to be a more effective oppressor.
Unfortunately, road rage among police officers is not an isolated incident. As TFTP reported last month, Kieran Walsh, a 59-year-old Marine veteran, and partial amputee was left stranded on the side of the road last month after a police officer road raged on him for honking his horn.
Because officer Stephen Salot claims the authority to detain people for victimless crimes, he moved to pull the person over who would dare to honk at him. "Evidently he didn't like that," Walsh said of the brief horn beeping.
Walsh, who had just undergone surgery to remove his foot over complications from diabetes, was then left stranded on the side of the road because officer Salot confiscated his vehicle in his fit of rage. The amputee veteran was forced to painfully hobble home, causing him severe pain and injury.