A Brooklyn man terrorized two NYPD cops when he pulled alongside their squad car in Harlem and pointed what appeared to be a weapon at them to show his friends how easy it would be to “shoot a police officer,” authorities said.
Unique Johnson, 32, was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer at West 125th Street and Seventh Avenue at 9 p.m. Tuesday when he suspiciously slowed down and pulled up along the squad car’s right side, police said.
When the 26-year-old officer at the wheel peered over his shoulder, he witnessed Johnson with his arms extended, pointing what looked like a gun, police said.
“I absolutely thought we were dead,” one of the cops said, according to NYPD officials.
….”Police said Johnson told investigators he pulled out his cellphone, which was wrapped in a dark blue protective cover, and pointed it like a gun, “as if I was shooting a police officer at an angle.”
One high-ranking police official said that given the charged atmosphere in the city, the situation risked becoming another flashpoint. In the aftermath of a grand jury declining to indict an officer in the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner, as well as the apparently accidental shooting by officers in Brooklyn of Akai Gurley, there could have been more political furor if police took defensive action and shot the unarmed Johnson, the official said.”