Off-Duty NYPD Officer Beats Down Drunk Driver, Spews Racist Insults
January 18, 2022
BROOKLYN, New York—An off-duty police officer allegedly went on a racist rant and repeatedly punched a drunk ride-hailing driver during a road rage incident in Brooklyn on Sunday, reports PIX11.
The incident happened near Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue around 8 p.m. 50-year-old police officer Riggs Kwong, allegedly called a driver a “terrorist” and screamed “Al Qaeda!” “Mohammed!” and “ISIS!” during the altercation, according to PIX11.
The whole ordeal began when Kwong and the ride-hailing driver Abdul Motalab, both tried to make a U-turn. Kwong allegedly prevented Motalab from completing the turn and the incident quickly escalated.
However, witnesses stated Motalab cut in front of Kwong’s car, which sent Kwong into a fury. Both men got out of their vehicles and Motalab allegedly spat at Kwong. An irate Kwong then started punching Motalab multiple times and knocked him to the ground. Kwong then started pummeling Motalab.
Authorities arrested both men. Motalab was charged with driving while intoxicated. Kwong was charged with assault and suspended from the police department without pay, reports PIX11.
Kwong joined the NYPD in 2004. In 2017, he was docked 30 vacation days and placed on dismissal probation for a year after he was found guilty of violating departmental rules for working a second job without permission and using stamps that were owned by the city.