An undercover New York police detective at the scene of the beating of a driver by a pack of angry motorcyclists is seen on video attacking the SUV, police sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC News.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the video shows the undercover officer banging on the rear window and shattering it. The victim is then seen being pulled out of the car and the undercover rides off, sources say.
The video is not the one that has been widely distributed on YouTube, but has been reviewed by investigators, the sources said. It's not clear when the video surfaced but investigators learned of it late Monday.
The new video calls into question the version of events which a number of officials say they were able to construct from people close to the undercover officer, who has not yet officially spoken to authorities.
Already criticized for waiting four days to come forward and acknowledge he was present at the scene, the officer could now face criminal and departmental charges.
This account was first published in the New York Post and confirmed by WNBC, the NBC owned-and-operated station in New York.
The undercover NYPD cop is a veteran officer who has spent virtually all of his career undercover, sources say.
As is sometimes the case in undercover operations , the officer was unarmed when the bikers he was riding with attacked driver Alexian Lien on Sept. 29. And as is almost always the case, he was not carrying a badge.
Two sources say the officer is assigned to the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. But they did not provide details on his assignment, or whether his actions, or lack of them, were meant to preserve his cover.