A New York Democrat who completely lost her marbles in dashcam police video of a traffic stop that went viral has lost her seat to the Republican challenger.
Jennifer Schwartz-Berky is serving her first term as an Ulster County Legislator. But that first term will be her last as she lost to Republican Brian Woltman after the embarrassing video showing her completely freaking out after a relatively routine stop for speeding.
It took months (and many Freedom of Information requests) for the town of Ulster to release the incredibly embarrassing 26-minute video, which shows Officer Gary Short trying to interact with the local lawmaker.
The footage shows Berky screaming, whining and yelling during the May 24 traffic stop – all after she was stopped for going 43 in a 30-miles-per-hour zone. Take a look. The good part starts at about 9:40:
When the whining and crying didn’t work, she accused Officer Short of singling her out.
Short: “Ma’am you have to calm down.”
Berky: “I have PTSD!”
She then started screaming.
Officer: “The reason why I pulled you over was because you were going 43 in a 30, which was 13 over, okay?”
Berky: “I was going at the same pace as every car. I couldn’t go slower, they honk. They honk at you. I have PTSD!”
She then started screaming – again.
Berky: “I’m going to protest this in court, you’re telling me that you singled me out.”
Officer: “Are you going to listen to me, or are you…”
“Yes, I will listen to you, and you’re not going to let me go even though I’m a county legislator and I always do everything right and I follow the law and I was at the same pace as every other car,” Berky whined.
Then she tells the police officer she will call Ulster Supervisor James Quigley and that Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum already had been contacted.
Then she tells Short she’s late for a job interview. Then she says it’s too late – the job interview is over. She says anything to wriggle out of the ticket.
After the video was released, Berky released an apology, saying the whole thing was just so stressful – or something.
“The video released earlier this week of my town of Ulster traffic stop captured a tough moment for me,” Berky said in a written statement, according to The Daily Freedman. “Like so many working families, I too face tough times and stressful situations. As a professional, a public servant and a mother, I know my interaction with Police Officer Gary Short was unacceptable. I want to apologize to Officer Short and thank him for his patience and professionalism with me during a very difficult time.”
“This has been a humbling experience for me. I hope to use it to grow and learn how to better represent the diverse working families who reside in the great the city of Kingston.”
She kept on campaigning, but the damage was done. Berky lost her seat to Woltman by a vote of 1,030-811 on Tuesday.
If there’s one argument in favor of dashcams in police cars, this is it.