A New York State police officer has been suspended after a video was posted online capturing him allegedly slapping a young man he had pulled over.
The driver did not want to have his car searched by the officer who had spotted a rifle on the back seat and so a standoff ensued during which time the cop became extremely agitated.
The video was captured by the drivers’ friend who was sitting in the passenger seat of the car throughout the encounter.
Sgt. Shawn R. Glans, 48, who has been a police officer for 27 years, was suspended without pay pending an internal investigation.
His superior Sheriff Michael Zurlo on Saturday said he was ‘very disturbed’ by what he saw on the video.
‘I really am,’ the sheriff said. ‘I don’t condone activity as it’s portrayed and we’re going to look into it and we’ll handle this quickly and swiftly.’