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Saratoga County Sheriff's Officer Suspended After Video Posted Online

UPDATED: 11/9/14

The Saratoga County sheriff’s office has suspended an officer for an “inappropriate action” with a civilian after a video of the exchange was posted online. The video has since gone viral and attracted media attention across the country.

A press release states that the incident occurred during a roadside interview following a suspicious vehicle complaint early Friday morning in Halfmoon, NY.

The name of the officer has been reported as Sgt. Shawn Glans.

In an interview, Glans told the Albany Times Union  after he had spotted a gun in the vehicle, it was an issue of public safety.

Glans said, "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."

Chief Richard Castle wrote the sheriff’s office takes the issue seriously and “we do not in any way condone anything less than professional behavior from our members.”

An investigation is ongoing.

The video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XExqABO4kc

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.