Matthew Rodriguez, NYPD Officer, Comes Forward in SUV Attack

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Matthew Rodriguez, an  internal affairs officer with the NYPD, has admitted that he was with the bikers who attacked an SUV driver in Manhattan nearly two weeks ago that was captured in now-viral video footage.

Rodriguez admits that he was riding on the West Side Highway when bikers attacked driver Alexian Lien’s vehicle while his wife and child were inside. According to DNAinfo, it is unclear if he actually partook in attacking Lien.

He waited around a week-and-a-half before admitting he was there.

Another NYPD officer, detective Wojciech Braszczok, was arrested for taking part in the assault. He allegedly smashed the back window of the SUV.

The NYPD’s internal affairs unit is investigating claims that officers were involved, reported CBS New York.

“Obviously, the key issues here are why the officer, if he was aware of anything going on that could be criminal conduct or even if he was at the scene of the crash, why he didn’t take some police action. And as somebody who works in internal affairs, it’s actually an extraordinary turn of events,” DNAinfo police reporter Murray Weiss told CBS.

Rodriguez, 28, is the third police officer that was identified who allegedly took part in the incident.

Another biker, 31-year-old Jason Kuehne, was arrested this week. The Manhattan district attorney’s office said that he helped break the SUV’s back window.

DNAinfo described Rodriguez as a five-year veteran assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau’s command center around a month ago. He faces punishment from the NYPD for failing to come forward and other charges.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.