Upstate NY officer suspended after video of slapping civilian goes viral

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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.



  • Raymond m. Munoz

    What a piece of work for an excuse for a cop! If he’s wound so tight after 27 years on the job it’s time to get out! He is literally asking for a fight! I’m guessing he figured he could just bully these kid’s around and get away with it……. What a way to throw your career away ass bite…. You deserve it!

  • Wa Aayne

    And they wonder why when a cop gets killed we dont care, its cuz most of them are assholes like this guy who use their “authority” to treat us like dirt, let alone physically attack us?!? NWA said it best F#@K THE POLICE

  • Eric

    Saratoga Police in a nutshell. I’m a frequent patron at SPAC, and I’m constantly amazed at how they act whenever I come to town for a concert. I feel sorry for those who live there and have to rely on this department for protection.

  • sfordin

    Hey Sgt. Glans: You need to comport yourself the same way whether there’s a camera trained on you or not. Your comment that you would handle this again the same exact way is 100 percent unacceptable. And so is your knowledge that “it does look bad” on video. It looks bad because it is bad.

  • David

    Someone that goes around assaulting people and acting like an asshole. Last I remember that’s what criminals do.

  • Samer

    He needs to be fired. There is no need to investigate him hes definitely done this many more times which haven’t been caught on film.. It’s horrible how helpless those victims probably felt… And they illegally searched his vehicle… This kid needs to sue him for everything he has

  • alex

    Well at least he did’t get beat up, the way i did years ago, and they got away with it. Fuck the police hahaha,…and they charge me with assaulting a police, oh my God, that was injustice done, since then i’ve never like the police..They get a bash and a gun, and they think they could beat and mistreat people. F___moron.

  • jon jernigan

    Is it against the law in New York state to have a rifle in plain sight within a vehicle? Seems like someone was having their constitutional rights revoked.

  • Dan

    Little jerk should of had his ass kicked. If he had nothing to hide let the officer search the car and be on his merry way… Was the officer wrong , eh maybe, but I’m not sure if I wouldn’t smacked the taste out of the punks mouth myself..

    • Noel Cordero

      Hmmm, so F…….k a warrant? Too bad! As Americans we have the right to tell any cop NO, unless they have a warrant. I would hire the American Civil Liberties Union if I was these two guys, have that cop fired, and get a FEDERAL investigation going. I have no respect for cops anymore, non. I love it when a cop goes to jail lol, he would become someone’s wife :)

  • Noel Cordero

    POS PIG, one reason I hate cops, especially in any part of NEW YORK STATE, OR NYC. They just don’t learn. WE must keep getting these a…..holes on film, as evidence IN A COURT OF LAW.

  • Jose "JR" Vazquez

    I think at a certain point some of these officer can’t be allowed to just retire. They get high strung, angry easy, and think they are above the law after that much time in law enforcement. What kind of police force would let him keep working after a crash like that?

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