👮‍♂️ A video accuses a Union County cop of writing a retaliatory speeding ticket

👮‍♂️ The motorist did not appear to be speeding

👮‍♂️ An investigation has been launched into the officer's conduct

WESTFIELD — A rookie cop is facing an Internal Affairs investigation after a video posted to YouTube claims that he lied about a driver speeding in response to getting flipped off.

Westfield Officer Ayad Taha is accused in a YouTube video of giving a speeding ticket to a motorist who was not speeding. On Aug. 6 around 2:20 a.m., Taha pulled over the driver, only identified as Nate, and told him that he was going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The 12-minute video contains clips of civilian dashcam footage, police bodyworn camera footage, and court documents that have been edited together by a channel called LackLuster. The video has garnered over 330,000 views as of Sunday afternoon.

The Westfield police department has taken notice. Chief Christopher Battiloro released a statement Wednesday, the same day that the video was uploaded. He said an Internal Affairs investigation had been opened to determine if Officer Taha had acted improperly or unlawfully.

Officer Ayad Taha (LackLuster via YouTube/Westfield police)
Officer Ayad Taha (LackLuster via YouTube/Westfield police)

"We hold our officers to the highest of standards and nothing less than that shall ever be accepted. If any mistakes were made and/or any violations of our standard operating procedures occurred, please rest assured that appropriate action will be taken," Battiloro said.

🚓 Cop frames driver?

In the narrated video, Officer Taha stops the driver, Nate, and tells him that he was driving 13 mph over the posted limit.

However, the video includes dashcam footage from Nate's car. The narrator says the camera also tracks his accurate GPS position and speed. From the video, it appears the motorist never goes far over the 35 mph limit.

Officer Ayad Taha gives motorist a ticket (LackLuster via YouTube/Westfield police)
Officer Ayad Taha gives motorist a ticket (LackLuster via YouTube/Westfield police)

The narrator then speculates that the officer may have seen Nate giving the cop the middle finger as he drove past. Nate can be seen on video flipping the bird at Taha's police vehicle, but it's unknown whether the officer could see it in the night.

After Nate tells the officer that there is a dashcam recording their interactions, Taha gives him a ticket for careless driving instead of speeding.

The video is available below.

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