Two New York policeman came under fire after aggressively stopping a high-ranking African-American car driver…who turned out to be their boss.

At least one of the policeman have been disciplined for ordering chief Douglas Zeigler, 60,  the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed black officer out of his NYPD-issued vehicle while he was parked in Queens.

The plain clothed officers surrounded his car, and ordered him out of it. In his briefing to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Zeigler said the two cops, who are white, had no legitimate reason to approach his SUV.

After emerging from his SUV, he then showed the two officers his ID and told them who he was but they refused to believe him and an argument ensued.

But the two cops disputed this and gave an entirely different story. They claimed that from a distance, they saw his weapon on the back seat of his car, shouted “gun” and ordered him out of his car.

They then went on to claim that Zeiglar neglected to mention that he was an armed member of the NYPD and tried to push them away when they reached over to check his badge.

Zeiglar has rejected this claim and instead they got into a heated argument with him regarding his ID.

The NYPD department appeared not to believe the claim either, and the cop involved was tripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty last night. The status of the second officer is unknown.

The incident occurred as the NYPD is under fire for record numbers of pedestrians being stopped and frisked, the majority of them black or Hispanic. Some 145,098 people were stopped by the NYPD in the first quarter of this year. That adds up to more than 1500 every, single day.

A police source was quoted as saying: “How you can not know or recognize a chief in a department SUV with ID around his neck, I don’t know.”

Zeigler has headed the Community Affairs Bureau since January 2006. His wife, Neldra Zeigler, is NYPD deputy commissioner for equal employment opportunity.

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