SARATOGA, N.Y. (PIX11) — A sergeant in Saratoga County has been suspended after a video that captured him allegedly slapping a civilian who refused to let him search his vehicle without a warrant went viral, the Albany Times Union reported.
A man filmed his friend’s encounter with 48-year-old Sgt. Shawn R. Glans early Friday in Halfmoon. The officer confronted them after he said they walked out of the woods to their vehicle, which was parked in front of a business. The 27-year veteran said they were wearing dark clothes and acting suspiciously.
“We’ll get a (expletive) search warrant,” the YouTube video shows Glans telling the man, who was questioning why he should allow him to search the car.
The video apparently captures sounds of Glans slapping the man after becoming frustrated with him. The camera was pointed downward, so the alleged slap wasn’t caught on film. The man being questioned appears to remain calm throughout the ordeal.
The vehicle had a rifle in the back seat, the Times Union reported.
The man who filmed the incident is heard asking the officer if he is going to strike him next, saying what just happened was “intense.”
“You like that, huh? I can get a lot more intense,” the sergeant responded.
“You saw the video. It doesn’t look good,” Glans told the Times Union. “I’m all about doing the right thing. I had to go to that point because of the factors that came into play. There was a gun that was involved (that) I spotted in the vehicle.”
Glans went on to say that he would have handled the matter the same unless he’d known he was being filmed.
“I was concerned. It was a public safety issue,” Glans told the paper. “If I had to do it all over again … I’d probably do the same thing. If I knew the camera was there, no, because it does look bad.”
The sergeant will remain suspended without pay pending an internal investigation.