By Amanda Warren
A video taken of a Saratoga County, NY Sheriff’s deputy has gone viral after inciting anger from area residents and Internet patrons alike. The video footage taken made it impossible for the Saratoga’s Sheriff Office to ignore.
An unnamed Halfmoon resident is pulled over. He and the friend recording the incident are standing outside. The deputy attempts to coerce a car search saying things like, “Then it shouldn’t be an issue for us to look…” and later “let me see your f—ing keys – you wanna f—ing resist?” (Resist what? Assault?)
Deputy Shawn Glans attempts to use the following, as though it’s some sort of threat: “We’ll get a f—ing search warrant – all right? You wanna do that? Okay let’s get a search warrant…” But the deputy won’t go get the warrant. Instead, he charges at the young man and whacks him (allegedly) upside the head and takes his keys.
Here’s the kicker, as though someone who’s just been assaulted by an officer is supposed to somehow feel sympathy for his attacker: “I really don’t want to stand out here in the f—ing rain,” the deputy says. And the classic, “If you’ve got nothing to hide in there, we’re just gonna check, and be on our f—ing merry way. Understand?? A–hole!” Then he tells the video recorder, he could rip his f—ing head off. The anonymous recorder has since spoken out about it.
Incidents of police beating, tasing, pistol whipping innocent people, causing extreme medical bills, at routine stops are exploding across the states, almost never resulting in an outright revocation of employment. How is this acceptable behavior toward people who respectfully decline warrantless searches and seizures? When will enough be enough?
Then you come to the Fourth Amendment that’s the protection against unlawful search and seizure and that right the police officer was clearly trying very hard to violate and that’s the troubling thing.
Unsurprisingly, an ongoing “internal investigation” is taking place. Surprisingly, so far, the deputy has at the very least – and we do mean very least – been suspended without pay during the investigation. The Sheriff made it clear that the behavior was not condoned, but time will tell if any real action is taken to prevent another episode.
Everything about the deputy’s demeanor, language and actions goes well above bullying into a dangerous realm where bodily harm wasn’t just threatened but delivered. Honestly, should someone like this be employed with the department – let alone allowed the roam the streets unsupervised at all?
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