LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have launched an internal investigation into a YouTube video that shows one of its officers reacting angrily after rear-ending a motorcyclist.
The video has been viewed more than 130,000 times, and some people believe the officer acted inappropriately. However, police sources tell 8 News NOW, the man on the motorcycle has a history of intentionally causing accidents.
John Paul Rosario laughed long and hard when he heard what police said about him. He says that's simply not true. At any rate, Rosario says he was on his way to work at Planet Hollywood when he braked to let a car merge in front of him. That's when he was rear-ended by a Metro cruiser.
Rosario had a video camera on his helmet that recorded everything, including his conversation with the angry officer who threatened to write a "load of tickets" for Rosario.
Rosario was not ticketed. The unidentified officer eventually shook hands with him and went on his way. Rosario says he posted the video, not to get the officer in trouble, but to show how unfairly he was treated.
"Maybe they need to retrain themselves," Rosario said. "They have some officers that maybe need either to change their careers or something, it's too much for them, for them to come out so aggressive."
Rosario's motorcycle, a 600cc sport bike, was not damaged.
He didn't have to look very far for a lawyer, because several attorneys called him. Although, Rosario said he is not looking for anything from police, he has hired a lawyer. Metro confirmed Monday it has opened an internal investigation and will have no comment until it is concluded.
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