Saratoga County Sgt. Shawn Glans was suspended without pay after he was caught on video cursing at a motorist.
The New York deputy is also accused of slapping Colin Fitch in a video (below) of the incident that was filmed by Fitch's friend Adam Roberts.
Sgt. Glans wanted to search Fitch's car early Friday morning because he saw a .22-caliber rifle in the back seat. The weapon had been purchased at Walmart the day before.
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo told the Times Union that he was "very disturbed" by the video.
"I really am," added Sheriff Zurlo. "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."
Roberts told PhotographyisNotaCrime.com that he and Fitch parked the car outside a closed store in Halfmoon, N.Y., and walked to a party late Thursday night. But when they returned early Friday morning they were confronted by Sgt. Glans and another deputy who wanted to search the car.
"We'll get a f------ search warrant," Sgt. Glans told Fitch who questioned the search.
"Let me see your f------ keys," demanded Sgt. Glans.
After Fitch asked the deputy why, Sgt. Glans replied, "Because we're searching your f------- car, that's why."
Sgt. Glans then grabbed for the car keys in Fitch's hand and there was a slapping sound right below the video image.
The deputy apparently threw the keys to another officer and yelled, "Search the f------ car."
Sgt. Glans then told Fitch, who remains calm during the entire incident, "If you've got nothing to hide in there... we'll be on our f----- merry way. Understand? ---hole."
Later, Sgt. Glans informs Fitch, “I can get a lot more intense. I’ll rip your f------- head off and s--- down your neck.”
"You saw the video. It doesn't look good," Sgt. 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."
"I was concerned. It was a public safety issue," added Sgt. Glans. "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."
However, his wife Carrie seemed to contradict him.
"What my husband did and how he reacted wasn't the correct way to do it, but there were circumstances that came about beforehand," she said. "He's had a very hard year."