At least five off-duty New York Police Department officers have admitted being present at the savage revenge beating last weekend on the Henry Hudson Parkway, according to reports.
Among the off duty cops were at least two detectives and three other officers, all who witnessed the attack and did little to stop it. One of the detectives, an undercover narcotics officer, watched as the violence broke out and chose not to break it up for fear of ruining his cover.
The five officers were not the only ones present, WABC is reporting that the NYPD is investigating whether several off-duty corrections officers were also present. Police present for the violent attack did not begin coming forward until Wednesday – four days later.
It is believed that the 38-year-old biker who was seen on the video smashing his helmet into the Range Rover’s window is expected to turn himself in to police for his role in the melee, according to WABC. It is not clear what further role, if any, he played in the fracas.
Investigators have already questioned some of the six individuals seen in the YouTube video of the assault, according to WABC. They plan to talk to as many as possible, the station noted.
‘This is a complex investigation with a lot of people involved,’ a source told WABC.
One of the bikers who spoke to investigators said that Mr Lien ‘drove erratically and bumped the bike on the side,’ adding ‘when he bumped that bike on the side, that bike became aggressive because his life was in danger,’ according to WABC.
The New York Post originally reported that the first undercover officer to admit being at the ruthless pounding was not the only cop at the scene, as several members of the motorcycle group- called the Front Line Soldiers- are police officers themselves.
Internal Affairs of the NYPD are now investigating whether or not any of these officers were the ones who were pictured hitting the Range Rover, though they do not seem to be worried that the undercover took part
When reached by MailOnline for comment, an NYPD spokesperson said only that the involvement of off-duty officers ‘is under investigation.’
‘It is does not appear that he got involved at the scene,’ a police source told The Post.
That said, the undercover officer has hired a lawyer.