Jerrell Horton shows off the scars he received after being dragged by a taxi cab in Soho.
A Wall Street worker claims he was dragged through the streets of SoHo by a yellow cab after he told the driver, “Take me to Brooklyn
Jerrell Horton said he’s got scrapes and bruises on his noggin to prove it.
“I was getting in when he hit the gas and my jacket got caught in the door,” he said yesterday. “I was screaming at him to stop, but he would not stop. I struggled and struggled until I finally pulled free.”
Horton said the cab roared off before he could snag the license plate number.
“I’m a black guy yes, but I have a job, I have a college degree, I live in a nice area in Bushwick,” said Horton, 23.
“This is racial profiling and it’s sickening. It’s ridiculous trying to find a cab that will take you where you want to go if you’re a black man.”
A spokesman for the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission said they’re familiar with Horton’s story but had no comment.
Under TLC’s “Taxicab Rider Bill of Rights,” cabs are required to take passengers to any destination they request in the city, Westchester and Nassau counties, and Newark Airport.
Horton, a native New Yorker and DePauw University grad who works for the financial services firm DTCC, was headed home at 3 a.m. Saturday after spending the evening partying with pals at the club Greenhouse.
Horton said he walked up West Fourth St. to hail a taxi, which took about 45 minutes.
“I was nicely dressed, very preppy, but it still took forever,” he said. “When one guy finally stopped, I started to get in and he asked me where I was going. I say ‘Brooklyn’ and he takes off like a bat out of hell.”
Horton said he was dragged for at least a block before he was able to break free.
“I have a bruise on the front of my head, on the back of head,” he said. “I scraped up a knee, ruined my jeans, lost my wallet, lost my glasses.”
Horton said he didn’t go to the hospital or call the cops because he wasn’t seriously injured.
“After I stopped rolling, people came up to me and said, ‘What did you say to him?'” he said. “I said, ‘Brooklyn.'”
What really hurts, Horton said, is his pride.
“I am the first person in my family to go to college, I have accomplished things,” said Horton. “All they see is a black man, a potential hoodlum. It’s very disheartening.”
Asked what the cabbie looked like, Horton said, “I believe he may have been Middle Eastern.”
“You have a minority doing something like this to another minority,” he said. “It’s very sad.”