Driver of police cruiser that injured NYPD officer in Brooklyn suspended

KENSINGTON (WABC) -- The driver of a police cruiser that was caught on surveillance video with an officer on the hood in Brooklyn has been suspended for his role in the incident.

The officer, who was thrown from the hood of the cruiser, remains in the hospital in stable condition.

NYPD officials continue to investigate why the officer was on the hood of the cruiser.

The surveillance video obtained exclusively by Eyewitness News from moves very quickly.

You see a police officer hanging onto the hood of a police cruiser. When the driver hits the brakes the officer flies off the hood and onto the street.

We're told it happened around 8 a.m. Monday in the Kensington section of Brooklyn.

The cruiser is heading down Seton Place. Right before the intersection with Parkville Avenue, the car stops but the officer doesn't. He is flung off.

He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for non- life threatening head injuries. It's reported he was conscious and alert at the scene which is right next to the 70th precinct.

Michelle Bistrova saw the accident scene this morning on the way to work. Monday night on the way home, she was shocked to learn it involved police officers.

"I think it's pretty bad given what's going on in the world, in America especially with the cops," Bistrova said.

Were they joyriding? Was there some kind of dispute? Those are prime questions for police internal review which is now investigating.

There are multiple surveillance cameras on this corner which provide an even better angle of the incident.

Eyewitness News is told that camera is controlled by the police while another one belongs to a private school.

They should have been able to capture a few more seconds before the officer falls off the hood.
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