Man Raises Issue Of Racial Profiling Amongst NYC Cabbies

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A scraped knee and torn leather jacket are the worst reminders of Jerrell Horton’s run in with an out-of-control cabbie early Sunday morning.

As he was trying to get home to Brooklyn after a night out with friends at a Soho club, Horton said he was shunned by a cab driver, who dragged him nearly a block before he could free himself.

“I open the door he’s like ‘where are you going,’ I said ‘Brooklyn’…he takes off. The door slams, my jacket gets caught,” Horton told CBS 2’s Rob Morrison. 

It all happened so quickly that he was unable to get a license plate or medallion number.

“I lost my wallet, lost my prescription glasses. It’s just ridiculous,” Horton said.

The Rider Bill of Rights clearly states that cabs are required to take passengers to any destination they request in the city. Horton said it simply isn’t the case for many African Americans, who are routinely passed by altogether.

Horton said he walked 25 minutes before a cab would finally stop to pick him up. He said it was even worse earlier that evening, when he said he was forced to do something he called “embarrassing.”

“Finally I see two white guys on the corner and I say ‘do you guys mind hailing me a cab’ cause I’ve done this before — have a white guy hail me a cab,” Horton said.

Horton, who works on Wall Street, said he’s not interested in lawsuits or criminal charges. He said the issue of racial profiling often goes unmentioned in New York and wants the subject addressed seriously.

Morrison spoke with a few pedestrians Monday night to see if they’ve had a similar experience.

“Unless I’m with a group that’s not of my same complexion — then yeah,” one man said.

“I saw at least like ten other people pick up a cab before they would pick up me,” another woman said.

“Let’s say I wasn’t dragged, would you guys even be here? Probably not,” Horton said.

  • dvine

    no excuse 4 them 2 act toward 1 race.. they should have their license yanked..

  • Sally Rogers

    Hugo: If cabbies were treated well within their rights, they might act differently. II can relay off the top of my head countless stories of NYC cabbies robbed, beaten up, beaten for a fare and even killed. Most of this happens in the outer boroughs. Yeah, I don’t blame the cabbie for not wanting to take the fare, but its the job and he wasn’t right.

  • Kalhoon

    Rubbed! haha i can’t stop laughing upon seeing this. rubbed with what, K-Y? LOL

  • aaaa

    I wonder if you would say the same thing if that happened to you in China or Japan or some other place where the majority is not white. use your brain animal.

    • aaaa

      My comment was in reply to Non

  • HUGO

    Taxi drivers need to learn manners and basic civility. They have none in NYC.

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