‘I will take everything from you’, US policeman tells Pakistani driver

Published: November 14, 2016

A Washington DC police officer made threatening remarks at a Pakistan-born driver during a traffic stop in the American capital on Friday, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

David Gregory, a prominent journalist and political commentator on CNN, told authorities that he heard the officer tell his driver, “I will take everything away from you.” The veteran reporter said his driver told him later that the officer also said, “I will take your head off.”

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Gregory published the comments on his Twitter and said he later received calls from the mayor’s office and a top police official. “They were very concerned and wanted to express their regrets to the driver,” the Post quoted Gregory as saying.

The office of Mayor Muriel E Bowser responded in a statement saying, “The incident described on social media does not illustrate who we are as a city or how we carry ourselves when serving residents and members of the public.” The police and Bowser’s aides “have already made contact to understand what transpired and will review the matter,” the statement added. Police said they have spoken to the driver.

The incident occurred about 8am after Gregory had finished CNN’s morning show ‘New Day’ and was returning home.

He said he was in the back of a sedan when his driver passed a line of buses. Gregory said the driver thought the buses were parked, but they were waiting for a light. He said the DC officer pulled over his driver for crossing the double-yellow line but did not issue a citation.

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Gregory said he didn’t know whether the alleged comments were directed at his driver’s ethnicity or were made out of anger for the traffic violation.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2016.


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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 14, 2016 - 12:16PM

    If that driver has proper papers then he need not worry . DT’s war is against illegal entrents. Recommend

  • Komal S
    Nov 14, 2016 - 1:15PM

    Oh c’mon, now every tiny little incident that happens will be attributed to Trump. By the way, IN DC Democrats won 80%+ votes compared to less than 20% for Republicans. Recommend

  • Habibullah
    Nov 14, 2016 - 1:42PM

    This is treatment everywhere that Pakistanis are getting. They should come to land of Qaid-e-Azm and live happily.Recommend

  • Careless Whisper
    Nov 14, 2016 - 1:48PM

    Its just a beginning… the worse is to come….. People are thinking of relocating….Recommend

  • Careless Whisper
    Nov 14, 2016 - 1:49PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    How did he get drivers license/permit without having proper documents,… :) Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 14, 2016 - 4:35PM

    Who believes Washington Post now.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Nov 14, 2016 - 4:41PM

    …. DC officer pulled over a driver for crossing the double-yellow line but did not issue a citation. Driver should sue the DC government and claim he was harassed for being a Muslim. Do Pakistanis know what a double yellow line is for. Recommend

  • Uzair
    Nov 14, 2016 - 10:53PM

    Sue the frigging police officer and get it over with. At least the police hasn’t started shooting brown people, unlike the African Americans. That might change during trump presidencyRecommend

  • kamal
    Nov 15, 2016 - 5:51AM

    @Vikram: Yes, the double yellow line is for not parking. Anything else Einstein? Recommend

  • do not relocate
    Nov 15, 2016 - 10:37AM

    @Careless Whisper: Why should one relocate. It is wiser and better to live where you are. The world is in turmoil because of refugees. Understand that people are the same everywhere. You can make it better by doing your bit. Recommend

  • relocate
    Nov 15, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Pakistani-Americans should relocate to their beloved homeland! Think of the millions of dollars they would bring back and add to the foreign exchange reserves.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Nov 15, 2016 - 6:19PM

    @kamal: You are talking about parking in the middle of a highway. A double yellow line is a painted marking between opposing sides of a highway. It consists of two parallel, solid yellow lines located between the two directions of traffic flow and its presence usually indicates a no-passing restriction. Recommend

  • Giri
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:34PM

    Why brake the law in the first place?Recommend

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