Last weekend, there was an SUV that was viciously hounded by a biker gang and the driver then pulled out and assaulted. Now, CBS News reported on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, that there were at least three off-duty police officers in the biker gang and one of them definitely witnessed the attack.
One of the off-duty cops is an undercover detective and he says that he even witnessed the SUV gang assault attack. He was too fearful to reveal his identity so he could not interfere or do anything about it. The detective waited several days and then came forward to let police know what he saw.
It is not known if the two other off-duty police officers witnessed the beating or not. All three have been stripped of their guns and badges and place on desk duty as an investigation is conducted.
The New York Police Department has not released the identities of the off-duty cops that were in the biker gang, but have said Internal Affairs is taking on the task of investigation the whole situation. There are also reports that at least two or three other off-duty cops were near the attack when it happened, but not close enough to see all that went down.
Each of the officer's stories will be weighed and analyzed to see exactly what they know and if the appropriate action was taken by them.
CBS News senior correspondent Jim Miller explained:
"On Wednesday of last week the undercover detective comes forward and says, 'I was there, I saw the beating, I didn't want to break my cover.' He's assigned to the intelligence division and some of the people there are under deep cover and they're training is, even under pressure, you don't admit who you really are. He would be in a lot less trouble if he would [have] come forward the first day instead of four days later. Since that, now this is what's happening. They reading in the papers, they're hearing on television that a police officer has come forward. Two other police officers who were also riding with the group that day. One of whom was a sergeant. That's a supervisor and another of whom is a detective, who is a police officer who is undercover in internal affairs. The irony there is that's the group that enforces police discipline and misconduct have come forward or notified the department about their intention to come forward, and they're going to be sat down and (asked), 'Where were you, what did you see, what did you do, what did you not do, why did you wait to come forward'."