Nashville NBC producer Jimmy Carter was in New York the weekend before last for Farmborough, New York's first country music festival, and was behind the wheel, crawling along in Broadway traffic after lunch that Saturday, June 27th, when he saw what he described as "a Rocky match right there in the middle of the road." He was trying to turn onto what looks like W. 48th Street, and given that the two men had chosen a spot in front of his car for their brawl, he started filming.
"They were going around and around in a slow-motion fight," he said. "The tourists were just walking by, and I'm driving, so I'm certainly not going to do anything about it."
But looking in his rearview mirror, he saw the two combatants on the ground, and for the first time, a gold badge on the white man's belt.
"I went, 'Oh, crap, it was a cop,'" he said. "I would have done something."
He said he poked his head out the car window and looked around for an officer to yell to for help and, stunningly for Times Square, "couldn't find a single one." But in another 10 or 15 seconds, he said, a second plainclothes officer had arrived and was able to cuff the other man, now completely relieved of his shirt.
It wasn't until Carter went back and watched the video that he saw what appears to be the first officer's gun fall to the ground (around 0:11) in the middle of the crowded intersection. As for his camerawork, Carter said it's pretty good for someone sitting behind the wheel of a sport-utility vehicle with an iPhone, if he says so himself.
"I've been in television... my whole life, so I guess I've gotten to where I can multitask," he said. He reflected a moment. "Coming to New York, shooting and driving, that's probably illegal, too," he said.
We've reached out to the NYPD for more information and will update if we hear back.