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Video: Officer in N.Y. reportedly suspended after allegedly threatening, slapping suspect

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Nov 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-09 18:09:01-05

WARNING: The video above contains multiple usages of profanity. Viewer discretion is advised.

HALFMOON, N.Y. – A sheriff’s deputy in New York has reportedly been suspended this week after a video surfaced online that appears to show him slapping a suspect after threatening him, and the alleged actions occurred after a man declined to let officers search his car without a warrant.

The Post Star reports the officer in question is Sgt. Shawn Glans, and in the video the man can be heard making profanity-laced statements to a suspect who doesn’t want his car to be searched without a warrant.

At one point in the video, the officer’s hands move toward the suspect’s head off camera, and a noise is heard that sounds like a slap.

“You want to f—— resist?” the officer can be heard saying on camera. The man does not appear to make any moves to resist.  A few seconds later, there is a noise that sounds like keys being tossed, and the officer says, “Search the f—— car.”

Those comments were among several profanity-laced declarations the officer made, see the video above for the encounter.

The Post Star reports the incident occurred Friday at a Wal-Mart in Halfmoon after deputies responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle and saw two men near a vehicle that appeared to have a rifle in the back.

“It is disturbing,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said of the situation Saturday, according to the Post Star. “The minute we heard about it, we began an investigation. We’re going to be upfront about it and deal with it.”

The officer has reportedly been suspended without pay as police investigate . See the video above for the interaction, and click here for much more on this story from the Post Star.